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Hero Down: Mahaska County Deputy Brian Rainey Dies From Accidental Gunshot

Ottumwa, IA – Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Brian Rainey died from an accidental gunshot wound early Tuesday morning, according to his department.

The 39-year-old deputy was off-duty at a residence in the 700-block of Edwards Drive when the incident occurred at approximately 7 a.m. on Aug. 11, KYOU reported.

Investigators said they believe Deputy Rainey was shot in the torso when his firearm was unintentionally discharged.

The identity of the person who fired the weapon was not released, The Oskaloosa Herald reported.

Deputy Rainey was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m., according to his obituary.

MCSO announced Deputy Rainey’s death “with great sadness” in a press release on Tuesday.

Deputy Rainey’s law enforcement career began in 2008, when he joined the Oskaloosa Police Department (OPD), according to his obituary.

He remained at the OPD until 2017, when he was hired at MCSO.

In a Facebook post on June 1, Deputy Rainey encouraged people who want to help their communities to become law enforcement officers.

“You won’t do it for the pay,” he wrote. “On average in Iowa, your life is bought and paid for at 47k-63k a year. The hours aren’t great. You will see humanity at its worst. But YOU can be there to actually make a difference to somebody. YOU could be part of making the change you want to see.”

“Protesting for a short time is great, but dedicating your life to making things better for your community is lasting,” Deputy Rainey added. “Become a cop and stand for something better.”

Deputy Rainey leaves behind his wife, Chrissy, as well as his children, Sylvia and Wade, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, brothers, grandparents, and nephew.

Deputy Rainey will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brian Rainey, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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