Mills County Man Charged With Attempted Murder

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

 A 35-year-old Pacific Junction man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after fleeing from law enforcement officers and ramming a Mills County Sheriff’s SUV while the deputy was standing near the vehicle.

Myron Lee Brandon is facing charges of attempted murder, eluding, criminal mischief, second-degree theft and third-degree burglary.

Brandon was the subject of a three-hour pursuit and ground search that began Feb. 16 around 9 p.m. when the Mills County Communications Center received a call of a burglary at a rural Hastings residence. The homeowner followed the vehicle believed to be involved in the burglary until Deputy Evan York responded to the scene and took over the pursuit near the intersection of 380th and Lambert Ave. York pursued the black Ford F150 pickup truck, registered to Brandon, into a farm field near 325th and Lambert. At that point, Brandon allegedly rammed and disabled the law enforcement vehicle.

York had exited his disabled vehicle when Brandon rammed the back of the SUV a second time, near where York was standing. York fired five shots at Brandon’s vehicle as the suspect drove away. Brandon’s vehicle struck a grain auger and barn before leaving the property.

Moments later, Brandon’s vehicle was found abandoned near some railroad tracks. At that point, law enforcement officers from nine southwest Iowa agencies began a massive ground search. Around midnight, a state patrol airplane helped locate Brandon hiding in brush about 50 yards from his vehicle. He was surrounded by law enforcement officers and taken into custody without further incident.

If convicted of all charges, Brandon could face up to 50 years in prison.

Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos said York feared for his own life and was following standard operating procedure when he fired at Brandon’s vehicle.

Brandon was released from prison last winter after serving more than eight years of a sentence for kidnapping and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

In April 2004, Brandon drove up to two Glenwood Community High School students talking in a parked vehicle near the West Oak Nature Trail in western Mills County. Brandon got out of his vehicle and told the teens, a boy and a girl, he was a police officer. He ordered the female occupant to get out of the vehicle and come back to his car. As the teen approached Brandon’s car, he forced her inside and threatened her with a sharp object. The girl screamed as Brandon drove off.

The girl’s boyfriend pursued in his own vehicle and was eventually able to ram Brandon’s car, forcing it off the road into a ditch. The girl got out of Brandon’s car and ran back to her boyfriend’s vehicle as Brandon fled on foot.

Brandon was later arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to the charges.

Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen confirmed Monday that Brandon has been arrested multiple times on a variety of charges and is a registered sex offender for a previous guilty plea to having indecent contact with a minor.

The current case against Brandon will be prosecuted by the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office because a relative of York is employed with the Mills County Attorney’s Office.