- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - Iowa police officers opened fire on a vehicle carrying two teenagers when the driver sped toward them following a high-speed pursuit, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Shots fired by the two Fairfield officers struck the vehicle but didn’t hit the 19-year-old driver or his 16-year-old female passenger, Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille said.

The driver, Dakota Murray, then surrendered and was taken into custody, Dille said. The passenger was released without charges.

The pursuit began when Officer Kathy Blumhagen tried to pull over Murray’s vehicle in Fairfield at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, activating her vehicle’s emergency lights and siren, police said. Murray fled, drove through a stop sign and a flashing red light at another intersection. His speed reached 78 in a 35-mph zone, police said.

Murray’s vehicle eventually spun out and ended up in a ditch about 15 miles away in rural Van Buren County, south of Birmingham, Dille said. When Blumhagen and Sgt. David Wall got out of their vehicles to try to arrest Murray, he drove “in a reckless manner” toward them in an apparent attempt to continue fleeing, the prosecutor said. That’s when both officers opened fire.

There were no injuries reported among the officers or the teenagers, who weren’t armed.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.

Murray is charged with eluding a law enforcement vehicle at more than 25 mph over the speed limit, excessive speed and two counts of failing to obey a stop sign. He is being held on $5,000 bond and pleaded not guilty during an initial court appearance.

Court documents list Murray’s hometown as Memphis, Missouri, and he recently moved to Keosauqua, Iowa, Dille said. Murray declined court-appointed counsel, and there was no attorney listed for him in court documents.

Both officers have been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, per department policy.

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