DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines Police have released the name of the man they say robbed a credit union, stole two vehicles, and pointed a gun at officers before being shot to death Wednesday morning.
Police say 30-year-old Nicholas Brickman’s crime spree began around 8 a.m. when he stole the black Ford Taurus of Terry Howell.
Howell reported the vehicle stolen, but didn’t learn its fate until watching our evening newscast.
“We saw the car parked in the news story behind Club 2000. We were like, that’s our car,” said Howell.
Brickman continued on to the Tradesmen Credit Union on SE 14th Street where police say he robbed the credit union at gun point.
After ditching the black Taurus in the parking lot near Club 2000, Brickman traveled south in a stolen black SUV and struck a parked vehicle outside of a business on SE 4th street.
During a brief foot chase, police say Brickman aimed his weapon at officers several times before 15-year police veteran, Officer Scott Newman shot him to death. Surveillance video from a nearby business, exclusively obtained by Channel 13, shows Brickman running from an officer and pointing a weapon at him. We have chosen not to show the video of the moment when Brickman was shot.
The shooting took place in front of the eyes of Louis Rizzuti, the owner of Artistic Iron Works.
"I think he was looking for a place to hide or get concealed in. This was the only door that would have been even close to being open,” said Rizzuti.
Des Moines Police say they had arrested Brickman 27 times since 2004 for charges ranging from 2nd degree theft to assault on a police officer.
Despite his rocky past, friends of Brickman visited the spot where he was shot Thursday morning.
“He was a good kid, but sometimes we get into things we can't get out of,” said Kris Brooks, a childhood friend of Brickman.
The officer who shot Brickman, Scott Newman, has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.