Police: Off-duty Iowa deputy accidentally shot, killed

Deputy Brian Rainey died Tuesday morning from an accidental discharge of a firearm, police said


By Kyle Ocker
The Oskaloosa Herald, Iowa

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Ottumwa Police Department said a Mahaska County Sheriff's Deputy has died after being accidentally shot in the torso Tuesday morning.

Police responded at 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday to the 700 block of Edwards Drive for the report of someone being accidentally shot with a firearm. Brian Rainey, 35, of rural Mahaska County, was identified as the victim. Authorities said he had been shot in the torso. The wound was fatal.

Deputy Brian Rainey sits in a Mahaska County Sheriff's Office vehicle. (Photo/Mahaska County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Brian Rainey sits in a Mahaska County Sheriff's Office vehicle. (Photo/Mahaska County Sheriff's Office)

Rainey was a deputy sheriff for the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office, and was off-duty at the time of the incident.

The Ottumwa Police Department said their investigation into the incident supported the report that the discharge of the firearm was accidental. The identity of the individual who shot the firearm was not released.

In a statement, the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office said funeral arrangements are pending with the Reese Funeral Home in Ottumwa, according to the statement.

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