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Man shot by officer Thursday used car as a weapon while trying to flee, Council Bluffs Police report

Officer on leave during investigation
Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 17:31:04-05

A Council Bluffs Police officer is on administrative leave while authorities continue to investigate Thursday morning's officer-involved shooting.

The man he shot, 21-year-old Daton Petrey, remains hospitalized but in stable condition, a CBPD report states. Petrey is wanted on a felony warrant for a parole violation and will be booked into Douglas County Jail on his outstanding warrant upon his release, the report states.

CBPD also released more details about Thursday's incident.

Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, CBPD Officer Trevor Benson was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station in the 600 block of Easy Broadway Street when the incident occurred, the report states. 

At the scene, Benson approached Daton Petrey, 21, who was in the driver's seat of the parked vehicle, a white Oldsmobile Cutlass, the report states. Petrey was noncompliant, refusing to get out of the car, so Benson tried to remove him from the car, the report states.

With the door open and the officer trapped between the door and the body of the vehicle, Petrey put the car in reverse and accelerated "at a high speed," the report states. 

"Benson was able to remain on his feet and fired two shots from his service weapon during the encounter. One round struck Petrey in the lower torso," according to the CBPD report.

Petrey continued to flee, speeding off into the alley located behind the gas station, the report states.

"When attempting to turn from the alley onto Frank Street, Petrey struck a power pole guide‐wire, which caused the vehicle to flip onto its roof. Petrey was then able to crawl out of the overturned vehicle and attempted to elude other responding officers on foot; he was captured about one block away, hiding under a parked vehicle," according to the CBPD report. 

Petrey was transported from the scene to an Omaha trauma center, the report states.

A front-seat passenger in the car was also injured during the incident. The 59-year-old man tried to get out of the vehicle once the struggle ensued and was "dragged under the passenger door, and his leg was run over," the report states.

The passenger, who refused medical attention at the scene, was interviewed by CBPD officers and released, the report states.

Benson, who has been with CBPD for five years, was not injured in the incident, according to the report.

CBPD will consult with Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber on criminal charges for Petrey as a result of his assault on Benson as well as the front-seat passenger, the release states.