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Suspect Caught in Ambush Killings of 2 Iowa Cops: Reports

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Des Moines Police Department via AP

A suspect has reportedly been apprehended in the fatal shootings of two Iowa police officers, who authorities say were ambushed Wednesday morning while they sat in their patrol cars.

Just hours after police named him as the suspected gunman, Scott Michael Greene, 46, was taken into custody, Reuters reports. Greene turned himself in without incident, according to one report.

The “ambush-style” attacks happened within a half hour of each other, Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told reporters at a 5 a.m. news conference, according to NBC News.

The police chief became emotional as he described the shootings.

The first officer was shot around 1:06 a.m. — at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, authorities said.

The second officer was shot blocks away in Des Moines at about 1:26 a.m., near the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive.

Source: KCCI News
Source: KCCI News

A mass manhunt the suspected shooter followed throughout Wednesday morning. Police said Greene was seen driving a blue Ford F-150 with Iowa license plate 780 YFR, according to reports.

Parizek said investigators determined Greene was a suspect through “a series of leads and investigative tips,” CBS New York reports.

They apprehended Greene in Dallas County, Iowa, around 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to KETV Omaha.

“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, CBS News reported.

Parizek added that Des Moines police has now paired up its patrol officers for protection so no officer is left on patrol alone. He explained there is “clearly danger” for officers in the area.

The identities of the slain officers were being withheld, as family members were still being notified. Their names and years of service are expected to be released later, according to The Des Moines Register.