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Nathan D. Brokaw
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Joseph J. Pritchard

A Nebraska man was killed Friday night in a wild chase and shootout with Nebraska State Troopers.

Nathan D. Brokaw, 28, of Brainard, was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire after a chase that ranged into three counties, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.

The uproar began early Friday evening, as the Nebraska State Patrol was watching Brokaw and another man, Joseph J. Pritchard, 31, of Stromsburg, at a home at 310 East Seventh in Stromsburg.

The men were wanted. Collins said Brokaw had warrant in Platte and Colfax Counties for terroristic threats and witness tampering. Pritchard was wanted for absconding parole.

Around 7 p.m., investigators saw the two men in a car parked in an alley behind the house. As they closed in on the car, it sped away through the yard.

Pritchard was thrown out of the passenger side door and arrested.

Two state patrol cars chased Brokaw through county roads in three counties -- Polk, Butler and Seward, with Brokaw firing at troopers, Collins said.

Just north of the village of Bee, patrol cars converged and deliberatly rammed Brokaw's car. His car ended up in the ditch on County Road 252 in Seward County. But even then Brokaw fired multiple rounds at troopers and they fired back, fatally wounding Brokaw.

Collins said no troopers were injured during the pursuit.

Two primary patrol units gave chase, but 8-10 units responded to the scene to assist in intercepting, Collins said.

Brokaw served a year and seven months in the Nebraska State Pentitentiary for methamphetamine and cocaine possession, burglary, theft and assault. He'd been out for about a year.

Pritchard served time three times for drug crimes, including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as methamphetamine possession and delivery, according to Nebraska Department of Corrections records.

He was taken to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln on the arrest warrant for his parole violation.

Collins said an autopsy will be conducted, in compliance with state law, and investigative reports will be forwarded to the Seward County Attorney. Nebraska law requires a grand jury be convened anytime someone dies while in custody of law enforcement, or in the process of apprehension.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/11/2013
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