Two Des Moines Area Officers Killed in Ambush Attacks
UPDATE: The two officers in Wednesday's "ambush-style attack" have been identified.
Officer Justin Martin, 24, of the Urbandale Police Department and Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Benimio, 38, of the Des Moines Police Department were killed early Wednesday morning.
UPDATE: The suspect in the "ambush-style attack" that killed two Des Moines area officers has been taken into custody by the Dallas County, Iowa Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol
Scott Michael Greene, 46, of Urbandale is suspected of shooting an Urbandale and Des Moines police officer early Wednesday morning as they sat in their patrol car.
UPDATE: According to WHO-TV, "Police are seeking 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene of Urbandale. He is 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."
ORIGINAL STORY: Two central Iowa officers are dead following two separate shootings early Wednesday morning.
The first shooting occurred at 1:06 a.m. at 70th and Aurora in Urbandale.
An Urbandale officer was killed in that incident.
The second shooting occurred at Merle Hay and Sheridan at 1:26 a.m., killing a Des Moines officer.
Officials are describing the shootings as "ambush-style attacks" as both officers were shot in their patrol cars.
Schools in Urbandale are closed as a manhunt is underway for the suspect.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released a statement Wednesday morning:
“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.”
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