Police Officer Shot, Killed In Stand Off - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Police Officer Shot, Killed In Stand Off

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By: Claire Powell


A Rockwell City man is in jail after shooting and killing a police officer in a stand off that lasted eight hours.

Rockwell City Police arrived at the residence Thursday night to take 32-year-old Corey Trott into custody. Trott was wanted for an assault felony on a family member that had occurred Sunday, September 8th. 

"At that time, the regional tactical team responded to the residence and as no one answered the door, they set up a perimeter as they saw movement inside the house," said Iowa Department of Crime Investigation's Special Agent  Michael Motsinger.

After four hours of the stand off, around 1:40 a.m., officers approached the house, a gun shot was fired and Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting was struck by a single bullet. Buenting was 37-years-old.

"Mr. Buenting was transported to the Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City, Iowa where he later died from his injuries, at that time the sheriff then requested Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team to respond," said Motsinger.

By 5:30 a.m., Trott had surrendered and was brought into custody at the Sac County Jail. Trott is being charged with first-degree murder and no bond has been set. Trott has a previous criminal record due to a domestic assault charge in 2003 and an intimidation with a dangerous weapon charge in 2007. 

This tragedy left Rockwell City's four person police department one brother short.

Friday afternoon, Buenting's squad car sat in front of the department building with flags at half-staff and a wreath beside it.

"He worked here for 8 years, he was a great officer, he loved what he did, very caring, great family, he's going to be sorely missed," said Chief Larry Schoop, Rockwell City Police Department.

"Law enforcement is a brotherhood and we lost a fellow officer, it could've been an officer who's backing me up out there, he backs other officers up, backs the counties up, so it hurts everybody. It hurts everybody that's in law enforcement, we lost a brother," said Sergeant Scott Bright, Iowa State Patrol.

The news left the town in shock.

 "I feel horrible for his family. I don't know what else to say, but he's going to be missed by the community and the wrong person died today," said a family friend.

"It's going to be tough on them, they're a great family.... everybody's taking it hard," said Schoop.   


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