Pottawattamie Deputies Shot As Suspect Escapes Jail, Rams Exit Gate

A Pottawattamie County deputy is in extremely critical condition after he was shot during an escape.

A Pottawattamie County deputy is in extremely critical condition after he was shot during an escape.

Pottawattamie Deputy Extremely Critically Injured In Jailbreak

Council Bluffs, Iowa – A convicted felon was able to shoot deputies and escape from jail as he was being returned after his sentencing Monday morning.

Wesley Correa-Carmenaty was sentenced on Monday and was being transported back to the Pottawattamie County Jail. As the transport van returned to the jail at around 11 AM, it’s believed that Correa-Carmenaty shot two deputies, got into the vehicle, and rammed the exit doorway to escape.

The suspect then carjacked a nearby vehicle, briefly kidnapping the female driver before dropping her off at a liquor store near 30th Street and Laurel Ave, according to Omaha World Herald.

Schools in the area were placed on lockdown as officers searched for Wesley Correa-Carmenaty. They later located him and after a short pursuit he was taken into custody, unharmed, at around 11:30 AM.

One deputy was transported to Creighton University Medical Center in extremely critical condition. Two other people were transported to Nebraska Medical Center in fair condition, and one of them is believed to be another deputy.

Earlier this year, Correa-Carmenaty, 22, was found guilty of attempted murder, two charges of second-degree robbery, and voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced on Monday to 45 years in prison. He will now be spending the rest of his life in jail.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Pottawattamie County deputies and their families.

UPDATE: The hero died.

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