Rockwell City police officer, 37, shot and killed
September 13, 2013
Jamie Buenting, a 37-year-old Rockwell City Police Department officer, was shot and killed Friday morning.
Officers had formed a perimeter around 502 Pleasant St., a residence in Rockwell City, Thursday evening after receiving a call that 32-year-old Corey Trott was there.
Police had a warrant out for Trott, who was wanted on a felony assault charge; officers said he had assaulted his mother.
At about 1:40 this morning, a shot was fired from within the house. It hit Buenting, who had been in law enforcement for 12 years and worked with the Rockwell City Police Department for eight years. He was transported to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City. He later died of his injuries.
At about 5:30 a.m., officers persuaded Trott to leave the house and took him into custody. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Sac County Jail, and a bond had not been set this morning, said Michael Motsinger, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent in charge. No information is available about when he will appear in court.
Buenting had a wife and two young children. The family has not released a statement and is asking for privacy, Motsinger said.
Counting Buenting, the Rockwell City Police Department had four officers.
"(The public) has no reason to be scared," Motsinger said. "The person responsible for shooting Officer Buenting is in custody. He is facing first-degree murder, which in Iowa is life in prison without parole."
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