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Tragedy in Iowa


The man who officials say shot and killed two police officers in an ambush-style attack this morning in central Iowa has been captured.

The suspect was located in Dallas County, just west of Des Moines, where he surrendered to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol after officials launched a statewide manhunt, according to Sgt. Chad Underwood of the Urbandale Police Department.

Greene was wanted in connection to separate shootings that left two police officers dead in the Des Moines area.

Shortly after 1 a.m. local time, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the suburb of Urbandale, a few miles from Des Moines. They found an Urbandale police officer who had been fatally shot sitting alone in his patrol vehicle, police said. The officer has been identified as 24-year-old Justin Martin, who had been with the Urbandale Police Department since 2015.

Minutes later, officers found a Des Moines police officer who had also been shot in his squad car. The wounded officer was transported to a local hospital where he died, police said. The officer has been identified as 39-year-old Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Beminio, who had been with the Des Moines Police Department since 2005.

“In all appearances it looks just like that, the officers were ambushed,” Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department said at a press conference. “On the surface right now, like I said, we are just a few hours into this. It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers and whoever the coward is who shot that while they sat in their cars.”

Here is a statement from the Florida Sheriffs Association and FSA President Sheriff Demings on the deadly police shootings in Iowa:

"Our hearts are heavy as we learned of the two officers in Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa who were ambushed while sitting in their police vehicles. The fact that they were targeted and murdered because they are police officers is unthinkable and horrific."

"The Urbandale and Des Moines Police Departments and their communities have suffered a terrible loss. The nation has suffered a loss."

"Here in Florida, we also mourn the loss of two of our own who died this week, Taylor County Deputy Scott Williams and Miami-Dade Police Officer Jorge Sanchez."

"We are fortunate here in the United States to be home to brave, honorable law enforcement officers who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect each of us. I pray daily for all our heroes across the nation, and I join their families in hoping each of them returns home safely at the end of their shift,” said Sheriff Jerry Demings.


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