Burglary Suspect Caught After Shots Fired, Wild Ride

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

What started as a call to investigate a Hastings, Iowa burglary turned into a multi-county chase stretching hours. Investigators say the suspect was only caught after ramming a cruiser, dodging bullets, and hiding for more than an hour.

It all began Sunday night with a call to 911.

A homeowner told dispatch he was following a man who he believed had broke into his home.

A Mills County deputy spotted the suspect truck just minutes later, and started following it into a farm field, just north of Lambert Ave on 325th.

More than an hour into the chase, deputies say the truck rammed a Sheriff's SUV, disabling it. When the deputy jumped out, the suspect allegedly rammed the SUV again.

The deputy "in fear of his own life and others" opened fire, shooting five rounds into the truck - according to a department press release.

The truck took off, striking a grain auger and barn.

A short time later, the truck was found abandoned.

Investigators from nine different departments began a manhunt. Just minutes after midnight, the Iowa State Patrol airplane found the suspect hiding in the brush, about 50 yards from the truck.

Myron Brandon of Pacific Junction, Iowa was arrested. He is charged with Felony Eluding, Attempted Murder, Criminal Mischief, and 3rd Degree Burglary. Additional charges are pending.

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