Two police officers died after being shot in their patrol vehicles near Des Moines, Iowa, in separate "ambush-style attacks" in the early morning hours of Nov. 2.
Police have identified a suspect, a Scott Michael Greene, 46, of Urbandale, and have launched a manhunt to apprehend the alleged ambush attacker. Officials warned of a “clear and present danger to police officers.”
Sgt. Paul Parizek, a representative for the Des Moines police, said there did “not appear that there was any interaction between these officers and the coward who shot them,” NBC News reports. The officers “were gunned down when they were sitting in their car,” he added.
Their names have yet to be released by the authorities.
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The first officer was responding to a report of shots fired around 1 a.m. local time in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale. He was ambushed, shot and killed while sitting alone in his patrol car, officials stated.
The second officer, who also responded to the initial call, was shot moments later in his police vehicle while in the middle of an intersection. That officer was taken to a local hospital but did not survive the night, police said.
Parizek stated local officers are on high alert and spoke of his concern for the safety of law enforcement officers in the area.
“There is clearly danger if you are a police officer,” he said, according to ABC News. “These guys were gunned down, sitting in their car, doing nothing wrong. So there is definitely some danger out there; there is someone out there shooting police officers.
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“We hope we find him before anyone else gets hurt. We definitely don’t want anyone in the public or in the community to get hurt, but there is a clear and present danger to police officers right now.”
The sergeant referred to national tensions, adding that some individuals have “not-so-positive views of law enforcement.”
The incident comes months after five officers were killed by a sniper in Dallas during a peaceful protest on July 7. It also shines a light on the daily dangers many officers face while doing their jobs.