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Investigation clears Council Bluffs officer in shooting

February 9, 2018

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Pottawattamie County attorney says an investigation has found a Council Bluffs police officer was justified in shooting a suspect.

The Daily Nonpareil reports County Attorney Matt Wilber joined with other law enforcement officials Friday to announce officer Trevor Benson’s actions in the Feb. 1 shooting were justified.

Benson shot 21-year-old Daton Petrey, of Omaha, during an early morning altercation.

Police say Petrey refused to tell Benson his name or get out of his car. When Benson opened Petrey’s door to try to remove him, Petrey put the car in reverse, dragging the officer about 40 feet.

Benson fired two shot, hitting Petrey in the chest. He’s expected to be released soon from an Omaha hospital.

Benson wasn’t hurt.

Authorities say Petrey will face parole violation charges in Nebraska and then will be tried on Iowa charges.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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