FAIRBANK — A Dike man was found dead of a gunshot wound and deputies have arrested his father in his murder.

Deputies with the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office were called to 2682 Vine Ave. in rural Fairbank just before 5:30 p.m. Friday for a person who may have been stabbed and was dead, according to the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived, they found the body of Brock Niebuhr, 36, of Dike. Niebuhr appeared to have died of a gunshot wound to the head, the sheriff’s office said.

According to the criminal complaint, Brock’s father, Daniel Gail Niebuhr, 59, of Fairbank, met with first responders and told them he had shot his son. In a subsequent interview with law enforcement, Daniel Niebuhr said he walked up behind Brock while Brock was sitting on the couch watching television and shot him in the head.

Daniel Niebuhr was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder.

Brock Niebuhr’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy.

The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fairbank Ambulance Service, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

No further information was provided as to motive.

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Staff Writer

Staff writer at The Courier 2005 (college intern), 2007-2012, 2015-present. Graduate of UNI 2006. Three-time Iowa APME award winner (investigative reporting 2008, lifestyle feature 2016, business feature 2018)

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