April 19, 2014

Suspect shot and killed after fleeing troopers

A 28-year-old Brainard man wanted on a felony warrant has been shot and killed after taking Nebraska State Patrol troopers on a pursuit through Polk, Butler and Seward Counties.

The patrol reports Nebraska State Patrol investigators had been watching Nathan Brokaw and 31-year-old Joseph Pritchard of Stromsburg, both with active felony warrants, at a residence in Stromsburg. When investigators approached the two, sitting in a car parked in an alley behind the residence, Brokaw sped off, leaving Pritchard behind when he fell out of the car. Pritchard suffered minor injuries. Authorities took him into custody.

Brokaw drove the car through a yard and took off on county roads, driving through Polk, Butler and Seward Counties, troopers in pursuit. The patrol reports Brokaw fired multiple rounds at Nebraska State Patrol units.

Just north of the community of Bee, patrol units rammed the car, driving it into a ditch off of County Road 252 in Seward County. Brokaw, according to the patrol, fired several rounds at troopers. Troopers returned fire and killed Brokaw.

Brokaw was wanted on active felony warrants out of Platte and Colfax Counties for Terroristic Threats and Witness Tampering, while Pritchard was wanted for Absconding Parole, according to the patrol.

Two patrol units began the pursuit. Nearly 10 units responded to the scene to catch Brokaw.

No troopers were injured.

A grand jury will be impaneled to review the case in accordance with state law. The Seward County Attorney will lead the investigation into the incident.