Reaction to 'ambush-style' shootings of 2 police officers

According to investigators, Scott Michael Greene first shot Urbandale, Ia., officer Justin Martin a few minutes after 1 a.m., Wednesday, and then Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio 20 minutes later.

"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".

Sgt. Tony Beminio with the Des Moines Police Department and Officer Justin Martin from the Urbandale Police Department didn't even have a chance to defend themselves Wednesday morning.

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). Law enforcement officials investigate at the scene of a shooting, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Urbandale, Iowa.

The Des Moines, Iowa Police Department confirmed the identities of two officers who were shot and killed during separate ambushes Wednesday morning.

Authorities say two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area were shot to death in ambush-style attacks about 2 miles apart.

Police offered no possible motive for what precipitated the attacks, which unfolded shortly after 1 a.m.in Iowa's capital, Des Moines, and its affluent Urbandale suburb. "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".

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Parizek said earlier Greene would likely be charged with murder.

The man is heard saying "African-American people" took his flag and "assaulted" him, and that he meant to press charges.

Greene was acting alone and was detained after he called in saying he had "an existing medical condition that was flaring up". He's expected to be released from the hospital Thursday. He was charged with elder abuse for an alleged attack on his mother.

Soon after the football game incident, on October 17, a criminal complaint indicates Greene was involved in an altercation with his 66-year-old mother, whom he accused of scratching and hitting his face.

"I got in back in '95".

Patricia Greene applied for a restraining order against her son on October 19, days after she was charged with hitting him.

Detectives will be going through writings, videos and personal accounts.

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A temporary protective order was issued October 20.

However, Greene is white, as were both of the victims in Wednesday's shootings.

The first officer was found shot in Urbandale at 01:06 local time (06:06 GMT) on Wednesday.

Sergeant Paul Parizek said Mr Greene had identified himself to a state employee just before his arrest.

Police were conducting a manhunt for the suspect or suspects throughout the area, Parizek said.

Jessica Spalding, who grew up in Clear lake, has two kids in the Urbandale School District that was shut down Wednesday because of the shootings. The suspects have not yet been identified and are believed to be on the run, authorities said. He also said he'd been assaulted by a police officer while he was escorted off school property. He has at least two other children.

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