Man Charged With Murder In Rockwell City Police Officer's Shooting

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By Richard Pratt

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa — Authorities said a veteran police officer was shot and killed during a standoff in Rockwell City overnight.

Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger said a 37-year-old Rockwell City police officer, Jamie Buenting, was shot and killed.

The man who shot the officer, Corey Trott, 32, is in custody, charged with first-degree murder, Motsinger said.

Motsinger said Buenting is a 12-year law enforcement veteran. He was also a member of a regional Special Emergency Response Team, as well as a firearms instructor.

The incident started about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when officers were sent to 502 Pleasant St., a home in a residential area of town. They were told Trott was at the home and was wanted on a warrant for assaulting his mother.

Officers surrounded the home but were unable to make contact with Trott.

Officials said Buenting was shot about 1:40 a.m. during the standoff. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later from his injuries.

About 5:32 a.m., the standoff ended when Trott left the house and was taken into custody.

He is being held in the Sac County Jail.

Authorities said Buenting is survived by his wife and two children. A fund has been set up for Buenting's family at the First Community Bank, P.O. Box 268 in Rockwell City 50579.

The case remains under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
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