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    Default 2 Des Moines Officers Shot Ambush Style

    Des Moines police said two police officers were shot and killed early Wednesday, in what police describe as ambush-style attacks.

    The first shooting happened at 1:06 a.m. at 70th & Aurora. An Urbandale police officer was shot and killed there.
    The second shooting happened blocks away at Merle Hay & Sheridan at 1:26 a.m. A responding Des Moines police officer was shot there. He was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he died a short time later.
    Urbandale police said Officer Justin Martin was killed in the first shooting.

    Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said Des Moines Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Beminio was killed in the second shooting.
    Sgt. Beminio, 39, has been with Des Moines police since 2005. Parizek indicated that Beminio has a wife and children at home.

    Urbandale police said Officer Martin, 24, has been with the force since 2015. Martin was single, with no children.

    Law enforcement officials have captured a suspect in a pair of ambush-style killings.
    Reports indicate the suspect was captured alive in Dallas County around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
    Scott Michael Greene was located two miles south of Redfield in Dallas County by the Dallas County Sheriffs Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

    Des Moines police said Greene was arrested without incident after flagging down state employee on a road and asking to call 911.
    Greene was transported to a hospital in Des Moines. Reports indicate Greene was suffering from seizures.
    Police said Greene was not armed when he was captured. Officials are searching for the weapon involved. A line of officials could be seen combing a field for evidence where Greene was captured.
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    Urbandale police said Greene was known to them. Officers had escorted Greene from an Urbandale High School football game in October. He had been asked to leave the property after displaying a confederate flag inside the stadium.
    Iowa court records show Greene was jailed and charged with interference with official acts after resisting Urbandale police officers trying to pat him down for a weapon on April 10, 2014.
    A complaint signed by an Urbandale officer says Greene resisted verbal commands, was hostile and combative. It says he was known to be armed. He entered a guilty plea and was fined.

    Two days later, Urbandale police were called to answer a complaint of harassment at the apartment complex where Greene lived. The complaint says he threatened to kill another man during a confrontation in the parking lot. He was charged with harassment, pleaded guilty and received a suspended jail sentence and a year of probation.

    Records show he completed a court-ordered substance abuse and psychological evaluation.

    Des Moines police said two police officers were shot and killed overnight, in what police describe as ambush-style attacks.
    The first shooting happened at 1:06 a.m. at 70th & Aurora. An Urbandale police officer was shot and killed there.
    The second shooting happened blocks away at Merle Hay & Sheridan at 1:26 a.m. A responding Des Moines police officer was shot there. He was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he died a short time later.
    Des Moines police said the shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks.
    Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said both officers appear to have been shot while sitting in their cars.
    “It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers and whoever the coward is who shot them while they sat in their cars,” said Parizek.
    Urbandale Police Sgt. Chad Underwood indicated that this is the first deadly Urbandale police shooting he is aware of. He said the Urbandale department employs about 50 officers.
    SUMMARY: 2 metro officers killed in ambush-style shootings

    I know we have a few Iowa residents here and wanted to share as this hit home for me today.

    I woke up around 4am and the National new was on the TV I leave on all night. I saw scrolling at the bottom that 2 officers were shot and killed. I thought to myself "thank god I live in Iowa and I am so sad for law enforcement in our country" I fell back asleep and woke up in full around 4:30 when my local news comes on and to my shock, this happened in my city. I was in complete shock. I got up and went through my normal routine, scared, shocked and in mourning for my city and the fallen Officers.

    As I was pulling out of my drive, the radio said the intersection I pass every morning was closed for the investigation. I have no other route so I proceeded and expected traffic. Luckily, I leave early enough so it was not bad, but driving by an area, blasted with police lights shining, in a very safe part of my city punched me in the gut knowing that someone who swore to serve my community was murdered in cold blood.

    As the day unfolded, I was worried the suspect would cause more mass casualties and am happy to know it not turn out that way. He is in custody. Besides being so sad for the Officer's families, I am sad to find that the suspect has 3 children who all live in the community. My thoughts and hopes are with everyone in the Des Moines area for healing.

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    This makes me so sad.

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    Suspect in the killing of two Iowa officers has a history of racist incidents and clashes with police

    An Iowa man with a history of confrontations with the law is suspected of ambushing and killing two Des Moines-area police officers in separate shootings early Wednesday morning.

    Officials have not given a possible motive for the attacks, but the suspect had recently complained about police ejecting him from a local high school football game for waving a Confederate flag at black attendees during the national anthem.

    Scott Michael Greene, 46, was detained without incident on a rural road after flagging down a state Department of Natural Resources employee and asking the employee to call 911, said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

    Greene was taken to an unidentified hospital after complaining of a health problem and has not been formally arrested or even interviewed, Parizek said at a televised news conference late Wednesday morning.

    The shooting prompted presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to cancel a rally in Des Moines scheduled Wednesday, and President Obama called the attacks “shameful” and hailed the officers’ service.

    Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio and Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin “represented our best, most decent instincts as human beings – to serve our neighbors, to put ourselves in harm’s way for someone else,” Obama said in a statement. “They knew the dangers of their job. They knew the risks. Yet they chose to dedicate themselves to those values anyway.”

    Investigators are still reconstructing how Martin and Beminio were shot as they sat in their squad cars while on patrol about two miles apart, near the western outskirts of Des Moines.

    Officers found the Urbandale officer at 1:06 a.m., and then found the Des Moines officer about 20 minutes later, with both men still sitting in their cars. Officials suspect the officers were caught by surprise and probably hadn’t interacted with the gunman before they were shot.

    Greene, who was apparently on foot, is suspected of firing at least 15 rounds from a .223-caliber rifle into the side of Martin’s stopped vehicle as Martin, a rookie in his early 20s, waited at an intersection, said Urbandale Police Chief Ross McCarty.

    “I don’t think he ever may have been aware there was a gunman next to him,” said McCarty.

    Urbandale resident Russell Cheatem told the Des Moines Register that he saw the gunman walk away and get into a truck after shooting Martin on the street outside Urbandale High School. When Cheatem walked over to Martin’s cruiser, "I pulled the door open and realized there was nothing I could do for him.”

    Cheatem said he heard a few more shots a few minutes later, presumably of Beminio getting shot. “It was the exact same — pow, pow, pow, pow, pow — rapid fire,” Cheatem told the newspaper.

    Martin probably didn’t know Greene, but other Urbandale officers did, McCarty said.

    Greene, who is white, had a history of racist incidents that brought police scrutiny, most recently an Oct. 14 episode in which Urbandale police ejected him from an Urbandale High School football game after he allegedly waved a Confederate flag during the national anthem. Officials said his daughter attends the school.

    In videos uploaded to YouTube last month on an account under Greene’s name, Greene, wearing camouflage, can be seen carrying a Confederate flag and an American flag in front of several black women and later arguing with police officers who told him to leave.

    In a comment under his video, the owner of the account wrote: “I was offended by the blacks sitting through our anthem.

    Thousands more whites fought and died for their freedom. However this is not about the Armed forces, they are cop haters."

    Greene complained that officers were violating his constitutional rights.

    “I did not want to cause any disruption. I was peacefully protesting,” Greene told the officers in the video, complaining that a black person had smacked him in the head from behind and that someone had snatched a flag out of his hands.

    The officers were initially hesitant to take an assault report from Greene, telling him that he was causing a disturbance and that he had to get off school property, as his flag violated school policy, according to the video.

    “You have to understand, in the current social climate that we’re in, when you fly a Confederate flag, standing in front of several African American people, that’s going to cause a disturbance, OK, whether you intended to or not,” an officer told Greene.

    Greene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a 2014 incident in which he resisted Urbandale police trying to pat him down for a weapon, according to the Des Moines Register.

    Days later, he was accused of accosting a black man in a parking lot, flashing a flashlight into his eyes, calling him the N-word, and threatening to kill him, according to the Register. Greene was charged with first-degree harassment, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to a year of probation, the newspaper reported.

    Greene also had a scheduled court appearance Tuesday stemming from a conflict with his mother, according to McCarty.

    Greene lived at home with his mother and one of his three children, a daughter who is a student and cheerleader at the high school, according to his neighbors, the Nace family.

    Last month, about the same time as the flag incident, Greene had an argument with his mother over a pit bull he’d brought home, and he filed a restraining order against his mother to try to get her thrown out of her own house, said Phyllis Nace, 67, who said she often spoke with Greene’s mother.

    “She said that she was filing a restraining order [of her own] to have him get out of her house,” Nace said. “He wore out his welcome, big time.”

    Several officers had come by the house during and after the incident, and about a week ago, Nace recalled Greene telling her he “didn’t trust” police.

    But Nace and her husband, Richard “Doc” Nace, 73, were shocked by the shooting. They said they didn’t recall seeing Greene doing anything unusual around the home, though they said he seemed troubled.

    “It seemed to me that maybe his lights weren’t as bright as they could be -- a belt didn’t go through all the loops,” said Richard Nace.

    The two officers’ deaths touched off mourning in the community.

    People stopped by throughout the day on Wednesday to pray in front of the Urbandale Police Department, where dozens of bouquets rested against a police cruiser in front of the station along with American flags and a teddy bear.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the murdered police officers + their families. Thank you for all that you do. Stay safe!!!” read a poster at the site.

    Several churches hosted vigils in the evening, including one attended by dozens of local residents at Timberline Church in Urbandale, near the shooting sites.

    “We’re here because there is hope in the power of God to heal our community,” said Jake Conner, 39, a church member who attended the impromptu service with his five children. “Nobody should be killed while protecting their neighbors.”

    Parizek, the Des Moines police spokesman, got choked up at points during his news briefings Wednesday morning.

    “It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers and whoever the coward is who shot them while they sat in their cars,” Parizek said in an early briefing, bowing his head in emotion as another official patted him on the back. He added later: “These guys were gunned down in their cars, doing nothing wrong.”

    The veteran Des Moines officer, Beminio, was a “very popular” officer in the department and “a fantastic family man” who joined the department in 2005, Parizek said. Beminio had previously served as a school resource officer, a tactical officer and in the department’s robbery-homicide section. Beminio graduated with a criminal justice degree in 2001 from Simpson College, where he also played football.

    The rookie Urbandale officer, Martin, was a “very good young man” who was an Eagle Scout in his hometown of Rockwell City, Iowa, and joined the department in 2015.

    “We had high expectations of his future,” McCarty said, adding later, “I was hoping to finish my career without having to go through this.”

    Martin also attended Simpson College and obtained a criminal justice degree in 2015.

    “He was a kind, gentle, compassionate man who was always concerned with serving the public,” Martin’s faculty advisor, Fred Jones, said in a statement released through the college. “That’s why he went into police work. He was smart and had great social skills. He just had it all.”

    With the two officers’ deaths, 52 police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty so far in 2016, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

    That’s a significant increase since last year -- when 33 officers had been killed over the same time period -- though the annual number has fluctuated widely over the last decade without a clear trend.

    Suspect in the killing of two Iowa officers has a history of racist incidents and clashes with police - LA Times

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