UPDATE 11:20 a.m. — Police have announced the names of the officers who were killed early Wednesday morning in the Des Moines area. Sgt. Anthony Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department and Justin Martin with the Urbandale Police Department were both shot and killed in what police describe as an ambush style attack.
The suspect, Scott Michael Green, was found near Interstate 80. Police say he flagged down an Iowa Department of Natural Resources employee and asked them to call 9-1-1.
Police say they had been to Green’s home in Urbandale for prior incidents, none this serious.
UPDATE 10:00 a.m. – (AP) The suspect in today’s fatal police shootings in Iowa has a record of confrontation with police and others. Iowa court records show that Scott Greene was jailed and charged after resisting Urbandale police officers trying to pat him down for a weapon in April of 2014. He entered a guilty plea and was fined. Two days later Urbandale police were called to the apartment complex where Greene lived. He had allegedly threatened to kill another man during a confrontation in the parking lot. He again pleaded guilty and received a suspended jail sentence.
UPDATE 9:23 a.m. – Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO-TV reports the suspect has been taken into custody. http://whotv.com/2016/11/02/suspect-in-officers-murders-taken-into-custody/
UPDATE: 7:34 a.m. — A suspect in the murder of two Des Moines area police officers has been identified.
Police are looking for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene of Urbandale, Iowa. Green is described as a white male, 5’11”, 180 pounds, with brown hair, and green eyes. Police believe he is 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 say Greene is believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous. They say if you do see him, do not approach him, but call 911 and report his location.
UPDATE: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad released a statement at 6 a.m. saying the shootings are “an attack on the public safety of all Iowans.”
Schools in Urbandale are closed today as Des Moines Police say there is a clear and present danger for officers while a suspect is being sought.
URBANDALE, Iowa (KWQC) – Two police officers in the Des Moines area were shot and killed 20 minutes apart early Wednesday morning in an apparent ambush attack.
The first shooting occurred at 1:06 a.m. at 70th & Aurora in Urbandale.
An Urbandale officer was involved in that shooting.
The second shooting involving a Des Moines officer happened blocks away from the first shooting at Merle Hay & Sheridan at 1:26 a.m.
Des Moines Police are describing the killings as an “ambush-style attack” and say both officers were shot in their patrol cars.
A manhunt for the suspect or suspects is underway, but police say they are working with very few details other than a vehicle description.
At a 5 a.m. news conference, Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said there is “clearly danger” right now for police officers in the area because the officers were gunned down while sitting in their cars doing nothing wrong.
He says Des Moines Police are doubling officers now to better protect them.