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Two metro-area police officers were shot and killed in apparent “ambush style” attacks early Wednesday.
Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio and Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin were the officers killed, police said at an 11 a.m. news conference.
Police identified Scott Michael Greene as a suspect in the fatal shootings at 7:30 a.m. and by 9:30 a.m. he was taken into custody by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department while walking along a rural road in Redfield, about 35 miles west of where the shooting occurred.
No shots were fired during the arrest and there was no struggle, according to police.
Greene was transported by ambulance to a Des Moines hospital with an unknown injury.
At about 1:06 a.m., police from Urbandale and Des Moines departments responded to a report of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue.
The first officers who arrived on the scene found an Urbandale officer fatally shot, said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek in a news release.
At about 1:26 a.m., a Des Moines police officer was shot near the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Avenue while responding to the scene where the Urbandale officer was shot — about 2 miles away. The Des Moines officer was transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where he died.
Both officers were gunned down in their patrol cars.
No one else was hurt in the shooting, Parizek said.
In a 7:30 a.m. news release, police described Greene, age 46, as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last known to be driving a blue 2011 Ford F-150 with Iowa license plate 780 YFR. The truck has a silver-colored topper with a ladder rack, police said.
Members of the public are asked to call 911 if they see Greene and to not approach him.
The police departments are wary of officers’ safety, as the attack appeared targeted at officers. Des Moines Police has paired up its patrol officers so no officer is on patrol alone, Parizek said.
“There’s a clear and present danger if you’re a police officer,” he said.
As of an 8 a.m. press conference, police were still notifying the family members of the slain officers and planned to withhold the officers’ names, years of service and other details until later in the day, Parizek said.
The scene of the first shooting at 70th and Aurora where an officer was found shot early Wed morning. Some officers in combat gear here. pic.twitter.com/SJEUY4B3gh
— Brian Powers (@bpowersphoto) November 2, 2016
Police did not offer many details on how investigators identified Greene as a suspect, but they said they believe he holds critical information to solving this case. Urbandale Police spokesman Sgt. Chad Underwood said he was identified “through a series of leads and a series of investigative tips.”
Parizek and Underwood would not release what town Greene is from, and they would not offer any details about his personal or criminal history.
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Ohio extends our prayers and deep condolences to the families and friends of the police officers murdered in Iowa. https://t.co/NeVp0qpyU6
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 2, 2016