DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have identified the man shot and killed by an officer after they say he robbed a credit union, carjacked an SUV and led officers on a chase Wednesday.
Police identified the suspect as 30-year-old Nicholas Ryan Brickman.
Just after 9 a.m., officers were called to a robbery at the Tradesmen Credit Union on SE 14th Street. Police say Brickman pointed a gun at a teller and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
While police were heading to the credit union, one officer spotted the Brickman's vehicle and began to pursue him. Police say he then ditched that car in the parking lot of Club 2000 on Indianola Avenue, pointed a gun at two victims and stole their black SUV. He left behind the cash he is accused of stealing.
The pursuit continued until Brickman hit a car parked outside of a business off SE 4th and Scott Street and came to a stop moments later. Police say he then took off on foot and pointed a gun at the pursuing officer when another officer came in and shot him.
"The officer who was coming from the south to the north sees the suspect point a gun at one of the pursuing officers. That officer fired at the suspect, I don’t know how many times and did strike him," Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax explained.
Paramedics got to the scene quickly and tried to administer CPR to Brickman but could not save him. He died at a Des Moines hospital an hour later.
Police say 15 year veteran Scott Newman fired his weapon. He has been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard following an officer involved shooting.
Police say the suspect didn’t fire his weapon and no other people were injured.