Trott trial to start

CLARION – The man accused of shooting and killing a Rockwell City police officer almost a year ago is set to stand trial beginning Tuesday in Clarion.

Corey Trott, 33, of Rockwell City, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting on Sept. 13, 2013.

Buenting, 37, had responded to 502 Pleasant St., Rockwell City, around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2013, after Trott, who had a warrant for his arrest, was spotted at that house.

When Trott wouldn’t answer the door, a tactical team responded to the home and negotiators began making contact with Trott around 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 13.

At 1:40 a.m., a gunshot was fired and Buenting was hit by a bullet.

He was taken to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, where he was pronounced dead.

After Buenting’s death, the Iowa State Patrol tactical team arrived on scene. Troopers made contact with Trott at 5:20 a.m., and he surrendered about 12 minutes later without further incident.

Trott has been held in the Webster County Jail without bond since the incident.

His trial will be held in Clarion following a change of venue request from his attorneys.

Buenting was a 12-year veteran of law enforcement and had been with the Rockwell City Police Department for eight years. He had previously been an officer in Manson and grew up in Pomeroy.

He was also a member of a regional Special Emergency Response Team and was a certified firearms instructor.

Buenting is survived by his wife and two children.