Iowa Police Shot, Killed in Des Moines: 2 Police Officers Shot Dead in Ambush Attack in Iowa
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Police identify suspect wanted in ‘ambush-style’ killings of two Iowa police officers
Two police officers in central Iowa were shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a pair of “ambush-style attacks,” the Des Moines Police Department said.
Police said both officers were sitting in their squad cars when they were shot and killed.
Authorities on Wednesday morning named Scott Michael Greene, 46, as the suspect in the shootings that killed the officers from Des Moines and nearby Urbandale. They said Greene, an Urbandale resident, was last seen driving a blue Ford F-150 with a silver-colored topper.
“Greene is believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous,” the Urbandale and Des Moines police departments said in a statement, urging people not to approach him but to call 911 instead.
Authorities in the Des Moines area appeared shaken by the double shooting, which came during a year that has seen bloody attacks on officers in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge, assaults that fueled a sense of anxiety among law enforcement nationwide.
During a news briefing, Sgt. Paul Parizek, a Des Moines police spokesman, said it did not appear there was any interaction between the officers and “the coward … that shot them while they sat in their car.” Parizek then briefly choked back emotion as another officer reached a hand out to show him support.
Parizek said later Wednesday morning that authorities did not know what may have motivated the shooting, and he noted that sometimes, investigations do not turn up clear answers to that question.
“We’re not anywhere close to that,” he said. “We may never know what motivated this act.”
The killings prompted schools in the area to close and launched law enforcement officers from multiple agencies into a sweeping search for Greene, who detectives identified as a suspect within hours of the shooting.