Suspect captured in fatal Iowa police shootings, victims identified

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DES MOINES, IOWA (WIVB) – Police in and around Des Moines have captured 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene — the suspect behind ambush attacks that left two officers dead in their patrol vehicles overnight.

The first officer, Justin Martin, worked for the Urbandale Police Department, just outside Des Moines. He was found shot dead in his patrol vehicle just after 1 a.m. Central time by officers who responded to the area after a shots fired call.

Police then flooded the surrounding area to search for a suspect. That’s when a Des Moines officer, Sgt. Anthony Beminio was found shot in his patrol vehicle, about three miles away from the Urbandale scene. The Des Moines officer was taken to the hospital where he died.

Des Moines Police say there was no radio traffic between either officer and dispatch before the shootings. Both were killed in what is being described as ambush-style attacks. “It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between the officers and  whoever the coward is who shot them while they sat in their cars,” said Des Moines Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Paul Parizek, who was getting emotional as he addressed reporters Wednesday morning. “That’s the best we got that we can explain the scene right now. Both of them were in their cars.”

Police say they have devoted all available resources to the investigation into these attacks and are reviewing evidence from the scenes. The Urbandale officer was wearing a body camera, but it is unclear at this point, whether the camera recorded the attack.

“There’s clearly a danger if you’re a police officer. These guys were gunned down sitting in their car doing nothing wrong so there’s definitely some danger out there,” Sgt. Parizek said. “There’s somebody out there shooting police officers. We hope we find him before anybody else gets hurt.”

The Urbandale School District closed all of its buildings Wednesday, citing recommendations from the Urbandale and Des Moines Police Departments.

The Urbandale Police public information officer told reporters this was the first time, to his knowledge, that an Urbandale officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.

This is the first time a Des Moines officer has been shot and killed since 1977. The department was already in mourning, though, after two officers were killed in a head on crash with a drunk driver earlier this year.

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