Two Iowa Police Officers Killed by Gunman in Separate Ambush-Style Attacks
The suspect was kicked out of a high school football game by police officers for waving a Confederate flag at African-Americans just two weeks ago.
Via Daily Mail:
- Scott Michael Greene, 46, turned himself into police in Dallas County, Iowa around 9 am.
- He was wanted for killing two police officers in Des Moines early Wednesday morning.
- Urbandale police officer Justin Martin, 24, was found gunned down in his patrol car outside Urbandale High School at 1:06 am.
- Twenty minutes later, Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Beminio, 39, was found shot in his car two miles away.
- Police described both incidents as 'ambush-style attacks'.
- Video allegedly recorded by Greene last month shows cops kicking him out of a high school football game for bringing a Confederate flag.
- In 2014, Greene was arrested for calling a man the n-word and threatening to kill him.
Des Moines police Sgt Anthony Beminio, 39, has been identified as one of the officers killed in the shootings. Credit Facebook.
Urbandale police officer Justin Martin, 24, has been identified as the other officer killed in the shootings. Credit Facebook.
Police have captured the suspect wanted for shooting dead two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa early Wednesday morning.
Officials say 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene surrendered to a state Department of Natural Resources officer in Dallas County around 9am. Dallas County neighbors Polk County, where the shootings happened.
Greene is said to have waved the officer down, presented him with his ID, and told him to call 911 because he was having a 'flare up' of an existing medical condition.
Greene was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed injury and has not officially been charged yet. Police plan to interview him when he is discharged.
The arrest comes eight hours after two police officers in Des Moines were found shot to death in their patrol cars.
The officers have since been identified as Urbandale police officer Justin Martin, 24, and Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony 'Tony' Beminio, 39. Martin was single, while Beminio was married with kids.
Greene's identity was released around 8am, with the warning that he was considered 'armed and dangerous'.
The incidents Wednesday morning come just two weeks after Greene recorded a YouTube video of cops kicking him out of an Urbandale High School football game for waving a Confederate flag in front of black spectators.
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.
Police say neither officer had an opportunity to defend themselves.
Urbandale police officer Justin Martin was shot dead in his patrol car outside Urbandale High School at approximately 1:06am. Greene shot 15 to 30 shots at the driver's side of Martin's vehicle.
'The puzzling thing about this is that (Officer Martin) didn’t have any idea or warning or fear that anything was wrong,' Urbandale Police Chief Ross McCarty said, adding that Martin appeared to be parked. 'We’re assuming (Greene) walked up on foot.'
Twenty minutes later, responding officers found Des Moines police Sgt. Tony Beminio dead in his car just two miles away. Martin, who had been on the force since 2014, was declared dead at the scene while Beminio, an 11-year veteran, died after being transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
According to Facebook, Beminio appears to be a married father of three. He graduated from Simpson College in 2001, and before that was a standout football player and wrestler at Iowa City West High School. He was promoted to sergeant last year.
Martin's profile shows that he too attended Simpson College, graduating in 2015 - the same year he was hired by the force. The Rockwell City, Iowa native completed police academy in December 2015 and was released from his probationary period in October.
'We had high expectations for his future that were tragically cut short,' police said of the Eagle Scout.
Martin was unmarried and did not have children. However, he is survived by his two parents.
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