Two police officers in northern Iowa have been shot and killed sitting in their patrol cars in two different incidents. The same man is suspected in both crimes and now a frantic, massive manhunt is underway.
Details are still coming in and the situation is obviously fluid, but here is what we know.
Scott Michael Greene, 46, pictured above, has been identified as the suspect in the case. Greene is believed to be driving a 2011 Ford F-150 with an Iowa license plate 780 YFR.
According to a Fox News report:
Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 1:06 a.m. and found an Urbandale Police Department officer who had been shot. Authorities from several agencies saturated the area after that shooting, and about 20 minutes later discovered that a Des Moines officer had been shot in a patrol car at an intersection. The shootings happened less than 2 miles apart and both took place along main streets that cut through residential areas.
The scene of the first shooting at 70th and Aurora where an officer was found shot early Wed morning. Some officers in combat gear here. pic.twitter.com/SJEUY4B3gh
— Brian Powers (@bpowersphoto) November 2, 2016
“There’s somebody out there shooting police. There is a clear and present danger to police officers right now,” [a police source] said.
The Governor’s office issued the following statement after learning of the shootings:
— Terry Branstad (@TerryBranstad) November 2, 2016
“The governor and lt. governor have been alerted to the attacks on law enforcement this morning. Shortly after the shootings, our office was briefed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on the shootings. DPS is working hand in hand with local law enforcement in the investigation. We will continue monitoring and working with law enforcement in the interest of public safety.
An attack on public safety officers is an attack on the public safety of all Iowans. We call on Iowans to support our law enforcement officials in bringing this suspect to justice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty as well as the officers who continue to put themselves in harm’s way.”
These incidents mark the first time a Des Moines officer has been shot and killed since a double murder of officers in the 1970’s.
Here is a Fox News video report on the incidents: