Urbandale And Des Moines Police Officers Killed In Ambushes Overnight
Police in Iowa said on Wednesday they have captured a man suspected of killing two police officers as they sat in their patrol cars in separate and unprovoked attacks.
Scott Michael Greene, 46, was taken into custody just hours after police named him as their suspect in the ambushes, a police spokeswoman in Urbandale, Iowa said. (For live coverage of the Iowa police shootings click here: http://live.reuters.com/Event/Des_Moines)
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(Reuters) – Two police officers were shot and killed in the Des Moines, Iowa, area in separate “ambush-style attacks” on Wednesday, and police were searching for the shooter or shooters, NBC News reported.
One officer was found dead about 1 a.m. local time in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. The second officer was found dead about 1:30 a.m. local time in the city, NBC News reported.
“The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks,” a statement from the Des Moines police department said, according to NBC.
Both officers were shot in their squad cars about two miles (3 km) apart, Des Moines police department spokesman Paul Parizek told a news conference.
“There is a clear and present danger to police officers right now,” he said. “There is definitely danger out there right now.”
A manhunt for the suspect or suspects was being conducted by police throughout the area, Parizek said.
Ben Hammes, Communications Director for Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement in regards to the early morning shootings involving 2 police officers:
“The governor and lt. governor have been alerted to the attacks on law enforcement this morning. Shortly after the shootings, our office was briefed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on the shootings. DPS is working hand in hand with local law enforcement in the investigation. We will continue monitoring and working with law enforcement in the interest of public safety.
An attack on public safety officers is an attack on the public safety of all Iowans. We call on Iowans to support our law enforcement officials in bringing this suspect to justice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty as well as the officers who continue to put themselves in harm’s way.”
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee, editing by Larry King)