Pottawattamie County deputy killed by escaped convict identified

Published: May. 1, 2017 at 2:19 PM CDT
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The Pottawattamie County deputy killed by an escaped convict has been identified as Mark Burbridge. Deputy Burbridge is a 12-year veteran of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Pat Morgan, a 10 year veteran, was also shot. He is now in stable condition at an Omaha hospital.

“We’re a smaller department, so pretty much everybody knows everybody. Great guy, always was happy, jovial. Good deputy. He had been in different areas of the sheriff’s office. He was on road patrol worked in investigations for a while, operated our sex offender registry, and now he’s in one of our court security deputies so he had been in different areas of the sheriff’s office," said Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker.

The deputies were transporting two prisoners from the courthouse and arrived at the jail when the incident occurred. Wesley Correa Carmenaty, 22, assaulted both deputies. Correa Carmenaty was able to take one of the deputies' firearms and shot both deputies. Correa Carmenaty then fled the sally port in the jail van. He crashed through west door of the jail, and left with the van. Phyllis Malm was at the jail visiting her brother and heard the gunshots.

“Before the gunshots, you heard a bunch of commotion. Then you heard somebody saying 'he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun and then you heard four shots go off,'” Malm said. “Here comes this van barreling out from the other side, the exit of the garage."

At the intersection of 16th and Big Lake Road, Correa Carmenaty stopped the van and attempted to carjack an S10 pickup. The driver, Jerry Brittan, 30, was shot once. His injuries are not life-threatening. Correa Carmenaty carjacked Amy Kanger, 31, near 2500 Ave. of Avenue I. Officials said he forced her back into the Nissan. Kanger was dropped off at 5825 N. 30th at RL Liquor in Omaha. A pursuit ensued involving NSP, DCSO, OPD Traffic, Marshals, Gang Unit, CBPD and Pottawattamie County deputies.

The pursuit came to an end when

. He was taken into custody without incident. Correa Carmenaty and two others were charged in the slaying of

during a botched robbery in March 2016. Correa Carmenaty was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder and two counts of robbery.

County Attorney Matt Wilber said Correa Carmenaty was sentenced 45 years in prison with mandatory of 29.5 before parole eligibility. He had his sentencing at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Wilber said Correa Carmenaty wasn’t remorseful during his sentencing. He spoke through an interpreter. Wilber said during sentencing, Correa Carmenaty said that Walker died because he shouldn’t have gotten involved.

Correa Carmenaty is facing additional charges of 1st degree murder, attempted murder and kidnapping. Additional charges are pending.

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds issued statements Monday on Pottawattamie County Sherriff’s Deputies shootings:

“Earlier today, I learned of the senseless act of violence that took the life of Mark Burbridge and injured Pat Morgan, both who served as Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputies. I am deeply saddened to hear these troubling details. I have asked state officials to assist local officials with the investigation if needed. The thoughts and prayers of Chris and I go out to the families of these officers and to those who serve beside them.” –Gov. Terry Branstad

“Men and women across Iowa put their lives on the line every day to make our communities a safe place to live and raise a family. Today, we’re reminded of the selfless and ultimate sacrifice they sometimes face. The State of Iowa stands ready to assist local officials in western Iowa as they grieve and mourn this loss of life. Kevin and I are praying for the Burbridge and Morgan families, and the entire law enforcement community in Pottawattamie County.” –Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

“Today the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office tragically lost a deputy in the line of duty. We are deeply saddened by...

Posted by Omaha Police Department on Monday, May 1, 2017