Two US Police Officers Killed In Iowa Ambush

Two US police officers killed in Iowa ambush

CHICAGO, Nov 3 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 03rd Nov, 2016 ) - Two police officers in the US state of Iowa were shot and killed in an ambush Wednesday, leading to a manhunt and the quick capture of the suspected gunman, authorities said. Police apprehended 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene from Urbandale, a suburb of the capital Des Moines, less than two hours after they identified him as a person of interest and warned the public he should be considered armed and dangerous.

"Mr. Greene was taken into custody without incident," Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek told a news conference. Authorities said two officers were ambushed while patrolling in their cars during the early morning hours Wednesday, in separate shootings two miles apart. "It doesn't appear that either officer had an opportunity to interact with the suspect," Parizek said. "They didn't have a chance to defend themselves." Urbandale Police Chief Ross McCarty said evidence at one of the shooting scenes suggested that between 15 to 30 shots were fired from a 223 caliber weapon, and that the gunman had likely walked up to the police cars on foot.

The two officers killed were identified as Anthony Beminio, 39, an 11-year veteran of the Des Moines Police Department, and Justin Martin, 24, who had served one year on the Urbandale police force. Martin was found dead just after 1:00 am (0600 GMT) next to Urbandale High school, police said. Twenty minutes later, Beminio was discovered gunned down at a nearby intersection. US media said he died after being taken to the hospital.