Around 10:50 AM Monday May 1st, 2017 Law Enforcement was dispatched to the Pottawattamie County Jail at 1400 Big Lake Rd. in Council Bluffs, Iowa for a report of an active shooter. Shortly after this broadcast went out Officers advised that they had an Officer Down and needed paramedics in booking. Moments later Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue began sending resources to the scene.
As Officers began to arrive on scene staff from the jail advised that the door had been crashed through by the suspect who was in a white Pottawattamie County transport van. Douglas County Dispatch was notified of the incident and the suspect vehicle shortly after.
Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue Medic 6 transported the first patient to Creighton University Medical Center Code 99 TCC around 11:10 AM. They advised the patient was an adult law enforcement officer with a gunshot wound to the head and they were Code 99 (CPR in progress).
Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue Medic 3 transported the second patient to Nebraska Medical Center Code 3 TCC around 11:13 AM. They advised that the patient was a 59 year old male law enforcement officer with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. His vitals were good and bleeding was controlled.
The suspect from the incident stopped the transport van and attempted to steal an S-10 pickup truck according to a press release. The suspect confronted the driver of the truck and then shot him in the neck. The 30 year old male was the third victim of the incident. He was later transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue Medic 2 to Nebraska Medical Center Code 3 TCC around 11:18 AM. Medics advised he had a small caliber gunshot wound to the neck and that his vitals were good.
As Officers began to canvis for the vehicle it was discovered abandoned near 25th and Avenue I in Council Bluffs.
Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue responded to the scene with their drone to assist with command and control of the scene as well as assisting with searching for the suspect.
Meanwhile, Officers began setting up a perimeter in the area and locking down area schools where the abandoned van was located. An initial suspect description was a black male with a shaved side of the head and long dreads wearing a yellow jumpsuit. Officer began to search yards and structures in the area.
While these searches were in progress witnesses stated that they saw the suspect get into a vehicle with a female driving near 25th and Avenue L. They also stated that the male suspect was armed and they stated the license plate was EOX-374. The vehicle was last seen Southbound on 25th St.
A short time later an Officer with the abandoned van stated that they had shackles, “a .32” and a taser left inside the vehicle.
After talking with witnesses Officers believed that a female had been carjacked and kidnapped. That information was relayed to Omaha Police. Officers began to collapse in the search perimeter fearing that the suspect had already fled from the area. The Omaha Police helicopter, ABLE 1, was requested to assist.
Around 11:15 Omaha Police Officers were dispatched to R & L Liquor at 5825 N 30th St. for a reported carjacking of a black 2015 Nissan Sentra. The initial broadcast that stated the suspect was a black male with long hair, a white shirt, yellow pants, and that he had a gun. While enroute Douglas County Dispatch updated Officers with the information that the female said she was forced to drive to Omaha from Council Bluffs, that the matches the suspect description, and that the female caller does not know him. The woman was later identified as 31 year old Amy Kanger. She was uninjured.
While enroute to the scene Officers observed the vehicle near 31st and Ames Ave Eastbound and Gang Unit Officers began following it in unmarked vehicles. The vehicle then turned Southbound on 30th St. The Gang Unit Officers in unmarked vehicles attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle at 30th and Sprague St when the vehicle began to flee. Gang Unit Officers declared a pursuit. Eventually the unmarked vehicles handed off the pursuit to marked vehicles.
Pottawattamie County Dispatch was notified of the pursuit and notified local law enforcement who then both set up at the state line and responded to the pursuit area to assist. During this time the lockdowns for Council Bluffs schools were lessened to “lock outs.”
The suspect vehicle eventually turned Westbound on Cuming St. from 30th St. The suspect then continued at a high rate of speed on Cuming St. until he reached Saddle Creek Road where he made a u-turn and then fled Eastbound. STOP Sticks were deployed at 40th and Cuming St., 36th and Cuming St., and 30th and Cuming St. The vehicle did not hit any of the STOP Sticks. The suspect vehicle then attempted to enter I-480 Southbound where it collided with a wall bringing the pursuit to a halt.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to OPD Central Headquarters for interview. He was positively identified by officers on scene as the escaped suspect involved in the Pottawattamie County Jail shooting. This information was shared with Pottawattamie County Dispatch who shared it with local law enforcement. Another firearm was discovered in the black Nissan.
The suspect has been identified as Wesley Correa Carmenaty.
He is being held at Douglas County Corrections for kidnapping, use of a weapon to commit a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, felony operating a vehicle to avoid arrest and fugitive from justice. He will also face a number of charges in Pottawattamie County.
Agencies involved in this incident include the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Council Bluffs Police Department, Council Bluffs Fire Department, Pottawattamie County Dispatch, Iowa State Patrol, Omaha Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Dispatch, Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha Police Department, and the US Marshal’s Service.
Authorities announced late Monday afternoon that 43 year old Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Burbridge had succumb to his injuries at Creighton University Medical Center.
Deputy Burbridge was a 12 year veteran of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s. He had also worked for the Missouri Valley Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and children.
Authorities also shared that 59 year old Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy Pat Morgan who was taken to Nebraska Medical Center is stable in fair condition. Deputy Morgan is a 10 year veteran of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer stated in a release that “Today the Pottawattamie County
Sheriff’s Office tragically lost a deputy in the line of duty. We are deeply saddened by his death and we mourn alongside the entire Pottawattamie Sheriff’s Office. We offer our deepest condolences to their department and to the family of the fallen deputy. We also extend our thoughts and prayers to the injured deputy. The Omaha Police Department has pledged our full support across the river as we mourn together.”
Early Monday evening Deputy Burbridge was transported to the state medical examiner in Des Moines, Iowa. Officers from numerous agencies escorted Deputy Burbridge and police and fire departments from surrounding agencies along the route were seen lining bridges saluting the fallen Deputy.
— Megan Stewart (@MstewartKMTV) May 1, 2017
Honored and humbled to be part of the motorcade escorting my fallen brother back to Iowa
— LT Budd (@CBLtBudd) May 1, 2017