Two Iowa police officers were shot and killed while sitting in their cars on Wednesday in two separate shootings that took place 20 minutes apart in different locations.
According to reports, police captured a 46-year-old suspect in the “ambush-style” killing of the slain officers early Wednesday in the Des Moines metro-area. Scott Michael Greene was identified as the suspect in the fatal shootings and was considered armed and dangerous before being captured late Wednesday morning.
Around 1:06 a.m Central Time, law enforcement responded to reports of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue in Urbandale, Iowa. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek was one of the first to arrive at the scene, and found an Urbandale officer shot. The second attack happened around 1:26 a.m. CT, when a Des Moines officer responding to the initial attack was fatally shot, just three miles away from the first location, according to the report.
This isn’t the first encounter Greene has had with Urbandale police. Prior to the killings, a video surfaced online of Greene arguing with local cops after he brought a Confederate flag to a high school sports game, titled “Police Abuse, Civil Rights Violation at Urbandale High School 10/14/16.”
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Court documents also indicate Greene was charged with a simple misdemeanor count of interference with official acts on April 10, 2014.
According to the Des Moines Register, Greene resisted when police officers tried to pat him down for weapons at an Urbandale residence. According to the newspaper, police officers wanted to search him after noticing a pouch on his belt that looked like a holster.
Greene was “noncompliant, hostile, combative and made furtive movements toward his pockets” before the arrest, Officer Chris Greenfield wrote in the complaint, according to the Register.
Court records indicate Greene pled guilty two weeks later and was fined.
Two days after this incident, court records show Greene was charged with first-degree harassment.
The Des Moines Register reports that the charge stemmed for an incident two days after the interference charge, when Greene threatened to kill a man in the parking lot of the same apartment complex.
Greene is currently in police custody. The officers’ names have not yet been released to the public.