Two Iowa Police Officers Killed in Ambush Attack; UPDATE: Suspect in Custody

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Nov 02, 2016 7:07 AM
Two Iowa Police Officers Killed in Ambush Attack; UPDATE: Suspect in Custody

Update: The suspect has been taken into custody, ending a manhunt that was underway this morning. 

Update: The shooter has been identified as Scott Michael Greene. Police are considering him armed and dangerous.

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.

Sen. Joni Ernst also offered her thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. 

"Although the investigation is still unfolding, what appears to be an ambush attack of police in the line of duty is an attack on the community at large and all of the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us. This was a senseless act of violence and it cannot be tolerated." 

Original Story: Two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa area were killed overnight in separate ambush attacks. The officers were sitting in their patrol cars when the attacks took place, according to authorities.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 1:06 a.m. and found an Urbandale Police Department officer who had been shot. Authorities from several agencies saturated the area after that shooting, and about 20 minutes later discovered that a Des Moines officer had been shot in a patrol car at an intersection, Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek said. The shootings happened about 2 miles apart.

"There's somebody out there shooting police officers. We hope to find him before somebody else gets hurt," Parizek said at a news conference. He did not have any further details to share about the shooting.

Officers are now doing patrols in pairs.

This post will be updated when additional information becomes available.