Bluffs officer dragged by fleeing SUV; suffers minor injuries

A Council Bluffs police officer suffered minor injuries early Tuesday after he was dragged by an SUV that fled from a convenience store parking lot.

Police said the officer suffered bumps and bruises and minor injuries to a leg.

The 28-year-old officer, who was not identified early Tuesday, was dragged 20 to 30 feet, police said.

The officer was not taken to a Bluffs hospital and he was back on duty later, police said.

The incident occurred a little after midnight at the convenience store near North 36th Street and Avenue G in northwest Council Bluffs.

The officer pulled into the convenience store lot and spotted a man, in his 20s or 30s, who may have been wanted in connection with another case, police said.

The officer ordered the man out of his 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, police said. When the man refused and the officer opened the SUV’s door, the vehicle raced away, dragging the officer whose hand had become caught in the door, police said.

No gunfire was exchanged, police said.

The SUV fled south on Interstate 29 and then possibly into Nebraska, police said.

Anyone with information on this matter was urged to call 712-328-STOP, police said.

Early Feb. 1, a similar incident occurred elsewhere in the Bluffs.

Officer Trevor Benson shot an Omaha man who sped away from a convenience store lot at 611 E. Broadway.

Benson shot twice at Daton Petrey as the man suddenly accelerated in reverse, pushing Benson backward, and a second time as Petrey continued to flee from the officer.

Petrey, 21, remains in a hospital in fair condition. Authorities said last week that he will be booked into the Douglas County Jail on a warrant charging him with violating parole from a 2015 robbery conviction. Bluffs authorities said they plan to charge Petrey with assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, assault on a passenger and looting.

The Pottawattamie County attorney said Benson was justified in his use of force because he thought it was necessary to defend himself and others.

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