The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers shot and killed a man who led them on a high-speed chase through three southeast Nebraska counties and fired multiple shots at troopers Friday night.
It started when troopers, who were conducting surveillance on two men with active felony warrants, approached a car parked in an alley behind a Stromsburg residence just before 8 p.m. The driver accelerated through a yard, throwing the passenger, 31-year-old Joseph Pritchard of Stromsburg, to the ground. He sustained minor injuries and was taken into custody for a parole violation.
Troopers chased the car through Polk, Butler and Seward Counties with the driver firing at pursing troopers. A cruiser rammed the car, sending it into a ditch near the town of Bee, north of Seward. The driver then fired several more times at troopers, who returned fire, killing 28-year-old Nathan Brokaw of Brainard.
Brokaw was wanted on warrants out of Platte and Colfax counties for making terroristic threats and witness tampering. He had a record that included convictions for theft, burglary, assaulting an officer and drug possession.
Nebraska law requires a grand jury be convened anytime someone dies while in custody or in the process of apprehension.