Officer Jamie Buenting
Officer Jamie Buenting
September 17, 2013



Jamie Buenting, a 37-year-old Rockwell City police officer, died early Friday morning from a high-power rifle shot that hit him in his upper chest, near his neck, a state medical examiner autopsy revealed Monday.

Buenting and other law officers surrounded a house at 502 Pleasant St. in Rockwell City on Thursday night, where Corey Trott, 32, who was wanted for an assault of his mother a few days before, refused to come out.

Buenting approached the house about 1:40 a.m. and was within a few feet when Trott allegedly fired the .223-caliber rifle from inside the house.

Trott shot one time, court documents allege. The other officers did not shoot back.

"During an interview Trott admitted to having knowledge that officers were attempting to execute a warrant and that he knowingly fired a .223-caliber rifle at a police officer," court records state.

Buenting was pronounced dead at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City Friday morning. Trott surrendered to police about four hours after the shooting and was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Trott is held at the Sac County Jail. His bail was set at $500,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court Monday. He has several prior convictions - at one point, he pointed a gun at his sister Melissa's, head, struck her and shoved her into a bathtub - and has spent two years in prison.

Buenting's funeral was at 2 p.m. today. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad ordered flags at the state Capitol and various other locations throughout the state to be flown at half-staff today.