2 Iowa Police Officers Killed In Apparent ‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks

 
Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks during a news conference Wednesday, at Des Moines police headquarters.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks during a news conference Wednesday, at Des Moines police headquarters. Authorities say two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area were shot to death in ambush-style attacks about 2 miles apart.

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A suspect is being sought in the killing of two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. The two officers were shot and killed early Wednesday as they sat in their squad cars.

"The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks," police spokesman Paul Parizek said in a statement.

Police say they are looking for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, a resident of Urbandale, a Des Moines suburb. Greene is 5'11" with brown hair and green eyes, and was last known to be driving a blue 2011 Ford F-150 truck, according to police.

Police said they believe Greene has "information" related to the attack. They also described him as "armed and dangerous," and urged anyone who thought they saw him to call 911 and not approach him.

The first shooting happened around 1 a.m. local time, police say; an officer in Urbandale was shot and killed while sitting in a police vehicle. The second shooting occurred about 20 minutes later in Des Moines proper; a Des Moines officer was similarly shot and killed while sitting in a squad car.

The two officers were about three miles away from each other, and did not appear to have interacted with each other leading up to the shootings.

"Parizek was emotional during a news conference," The Associated Press reports. "He says there is 'clearly danger' right now for police officers in the area because the officers were gunned down while sitting in their cars doing nothing wrong. He says the department has doubled up its officers to better protect them."

No arrests have been made in the attacks.

(This story was updated at 8:18 AM, 11/2/16).

Story source: NPR