DES MOINES, Iowa- Police have identified the officers slain in an ambush-style attack as DMPD Sgt. Anthony Beminio and
Urbandale PD Officer Justin Martin.
The Des Moines Register says the suspect, Scott Michael Greene, has been taken into custody, according to Urbandale police spokesman Sgt. Chad Underwood.
Police from the Urbandale and Des Moines Police departments responded to reports of gunfire about 1:06 a.m. at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue in Urbandale. The first officers arriving on the scene found an Urbandale officer shot. At about 1:26 a.m., a Des Moines police officer was shot and killed while responding to the scene where the Urbandale officer was shot, according to the report.
- At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Greene was taken into custody on a rural road near the 100 mile marker of Interstate Highway 80 in Dallas County. The area is about 35 miles west of where the shootings of the officers occurred.
- Greene had flagged an employee of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and showed the DNR employee his identification, asking the employee to call 911.
- Dallas County sheriff deputies and Iowa State Patrol officers responded and took Greene into custody without incident.
- When Greene complained about a “flare-up” with an existing medical condition, he was transported to a Des Moines hospital.
- Des Moines police plan to interview Greene once he is released from the hospital.
Police said it appeared that both officers were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves.
Urbandale police Chief Ross McCarty said it appeared that Greene walked up to Martin’s patrol car and fired 15 to 30 shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle.
“The puzzling thing about this is that (Officer Martin) didn’t have any idea or warning or fear that anything was wrong,” McCarty said. Martin appeared to be stopped in his vehicle. “We’re assuming (Greene) walked up on foot.”
Officer Tony Beminio, worked as a school resource officer at Roosevelt High School on Feb. 25, 2013. Urbandale Officer Justin Martin was hired by the suburban police department in August 2015.
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