“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.”
– Police Chief Todd Schmaderer
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa- A prisoner stole a sheriff’s deputy’s gun and shot two deputies, killing one.
(PRESS RELEASE) On Monday, May 1, 2017 at approximately 1055 hours two Pottawattamie County, Iowa Deputies, Mark Burbridge (43)and Pat Morgan (59) transported two prisoners from the Pottawattamie County Courthouse and arrived at the Pottawattamie County Jail. As deputies Burbridge and Morgan began the transfer into the jail, one of the prisoners,Wesley Williams Correa Carmenaty (23) assaulted both deputies. Correa Carmenaty obtained one of the deputies’ firearms and shot both deputies. Correa Carmenaty fled the scene in the Pottawattamie County Jail transport van –driving through closed garage door attached to the jail.
First Carjacking Attempt – At the intersection of 16th and Big Lake Rd, Correa Carmenaty stopped the van and attempted
to car jack an S-10 pickup truck. Correa Carmenaty confronted the driver, Jerry Brittain (30), ultimately shooting him
once before fleeing the scene again in the transport van. Britten was transported to an Omaha hospital and treated for
non-life threatening injuries. The passenger in the S-10 was not injured.
Transport Van Abandoned – Council Bluffs officers found the transport van abandoned at the intersection of 2500
Avenue I a few minutes later.
Second Carjacking –
Second Carjacking – Amy Kanger (31) was driving a black 2015 Nissan Sentra in the area of 2500 Avenue I, Kanger saw
the transport van up on the grass, Kanger stopped to see if anyone was injured. Correa kidnapped Ms. Kanger at
gunpoint, forcing her back into her Nissan. At approximately 11:15 a.m. Correa released Ms. Kanger at the R & L Liquor
store 5825 N 30th St., where Ms. Kanger notified Omaha authorities of the carjacking.
On MON 01MAY17 at 1115 hrs NE Officers received a radio call to 5825 N. 30th St. (R & L Liquor) reference a Car
Jacking. Upon arrival officers discovered the victim of the carjacking was dropped off at this location after being
carjacked in Council Bluffs, IA. The plate given, COP216, matched the description of the Iowa incident. Captain GRAY
advised he had the vehicle eastbound on Ames Ave at 31st Ave. The vehicle turned south on 30th from Ames Ave and a
Gang Unit officer advised they were behind the vehicle in an unmarked vehicle. Sergeant DAVIS got behind the vehicle
at 30th & Sprague St. and declared a pursuit. The suspect drove south on 30th St., west on Cuming St., did a U turn at
Saddle Creek and Cuming St., traveled back east on Cuming St. Stop sticks were deployed at 40th & Cuming St., 36th &
Cuming St. and 30th & Cuming St. The vehicle did not run over any of the stop sticks. The suspect attempted to enter
I480 South when it collided with the brick wall at Cuming St. & I480 entrance ramp. The suspect was taken into custody