Two police officers were found shot and killed in Des Moines, Iowa. The suspect is currently at large and there is no more information on the suspect. Officials are working to obtain more information
UPDATE: New information on 2 officers killed in attacks
Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek and Urbandale Police Sgt. Chad Underwood provided new information in two ambush-style shootings that claimed the life of two police officers.
Massive manhunt in Iowa for gunman who executed two police officer patrol cars altercation with cops
Police have identified a suspect wanted for shooting dead two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa early Wednesday morning.
Scott Michael Greene, 46, of Urbandale is considered ‘armed and dangerous’. Anyone who sees the suspect is urged to call 911, and not approach him.
He is described as being five-foot-11, 180 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen driving a blue 2011 Ford F-150 pick-up truck with a Iowa license plate number 780YFR. The truck has a silver topper with a ladder rack.
A YouTube video discovered by Buzzfeed purports to show Greene being kicked out of an Urbandale High School football game last month, when he offended a group of African American spectators by bringing a Confederate flag to the game.
According to public records, Greene has had several run-ins with the law including arrests for harassment, interfering with an official, assault causing bodily injury, criminal mischief and domestic assault. Records also show he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2007.
Greene’s identity was released a little more than seven hours after two police officers in Des Moines were found shot to death in their patrol cars.
The first officer was shot dead in his patrol car outside Urbandale High School at approximately 1:06am. Twenty minutes later, responding officers found a second officer dead in his car just two miles away. The first officer was declared dead at the scene while the second officer died after being transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
‘There’s somebody out there shooting police officers. We hope to find him before somebody else gets hurt,’ Sgt. Paul Parizek, spokesman for the Des Moines Police Department, said at a 5am press conference.
He added: ‘On the surface, 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.’
Both officers were from the Urbandale Police Department, which patrols the northwest Des Moines suburb. The department has about 50 officers. Urbandale Police Sgt. Chad Underwood said he believes this is the first deadly Urbandale police shooting.
Urbandale officers are equipped with body cameras, but they don’t run constantly and it’s unclear whether there was video of the shootings.
Des Moines Police said there is ‘a clear and present danger’ to its officers, following this morning’s shootings.
As a result, the department has doubled its officers. All officers must now patrol in groups of at least two until the gunman or gunmen are captured.
‘We’re always vigilant about our safety, but we’ve still got to go out there,’ Parizek said.
Following the shootings, officers in SWAT gear were going door to door at the crime scenes, interviewing locals who may have witnessed the crime.
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Full Scanner Audio Two Des Moines Police officers ambushed and killed
Two police officers sitting in their squad cars in central Iowa were shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a pair of “ambush-style attacks,” the Des Moines Police Department said.Authorities on Wednesday morning named Scott Michael Greene, 46, as the suspect in the shootings that killed the officers from Des Moines and Urbandale, a nearby city.
They said Greene, an Urbandale resident, was last seen driving a blue Ford F-150 with a silver-colored topper. “Greene is believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous,” the Urbandale and Des Moines police departments said in a statement, urging people not to approach him but to call 911 instead.
Authorities in the Des Moines area appeared shaken by the double shooting, which came during a year that has seen bloody attacks on officers in cities including Dallas and Baton Rouge, assaults that have fueled a sense of anxiety among law enforcement nationwide.
During a news briefing, Sgt. Paul Parizek, a Des Moines police spokesman, said it did not appear there was any interaction between the officers and “the coward … that shot them while they sat in their car.” Parizek then briefly choked back emotion as another officer reached a hand out to show him support.
Parizek said later Wednesday morning that authorities did not know what might have motivated the shooting, and he noted that sometimes investigations do not turn up clear answers to that question. “We’re not anywhere close to that,” he said. “We may never know what motivated this act.” One of the officers was fatally shot next to Urbandale High School.
A video uploaded to YouTube last month by an account named Scott Greene was titled “Police Abuse, Civil Rights Violation at Urbandale High School” and appeared to show a person recording the footage arguing with police officers asking him to leave the area. In the video, the man recording the footage, who is identified by one officer as Greene, is heard telling the police that he was assaulted and almost mugged while “peacefully protesting” at what appears to be a high school.
An officer is later seen explaining that the Confederate battle flag he was waving violated the school’s code.