Merrill Shooting Death Now Ruled As A Homicide (Updated)


(Le Mars) — Additional information regarding the fatal shooting incident that happened Monday west of Merrill has been released by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.  The results of the autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Ankeny for the shooting victim, 51-year old Kevin Juzek shows the cause and manner of death has been determined.  Juzek died as a result of shotgun wounds to the abdomen and chest.  The manner of death is ruled as a homicide.

The investigation is continuing by the Le Mars Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.  81-year old Thomas Knapp continues to be held at the Plymouth County Corrections facility under Domestic Assault charges.  He is a party of interest in this case.  No additional charges have been filed at this time, although additional charges may be pending.