A 7-year-old boy wrote a note to his father after watching him cry about the death of a fellow officer in Urbandale, Iowa.
Officer Randy Peterson received the note after the shooting of Justin Martin, 24, WHO reported.
“Dear dad,” Peterson’s son wrote. “I feel very sad for you.”
Martin was shot around 1 a.m. on Nov. 2. A second shooting occurred in similar circumstances less than 30 minutes later. Sgt. Tony Beminio, 38, from the Des Moines Police Department, was also shot and killed.
A 46-year-old man, Scott Greene, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Russell Cheatem, a nearby resident, witnessed the aftermath of Martin's shooting. He heard shots and looked out the window.
“He sat there too long for me,” he said of the patrol car he saw at the intersection, according to the Des Moines Register.
After about 10 minutes, Cheatem went out to investigate.
“I pulled the door open and realized there was nothing I could do for him,” he said of Martin.
Martin was shot between 15 and 30 times.
“This doesn’t happen in Des Moines, Iowa,” said Bob Lipman, who lives close to where Beminio was killed. “I love this place. Anything like this really hurts. Unfortunately we’re hearing about these episodes all across the country. I get very upset when I hear any negative publicity about officers. They do a job that I would not do. They’re out there protecting us.”
Police took Greene into custody later on Nov. 2. Greene required hospital treatment for an unrelated illness so was only formally arrested and charged with the two shootings on Nov. 3.
Des Moines Police Department Chief Dana Wingert had a clear message about the shootings.
“What happened yesterday was calculated murder of two law enforcement officers. If someone wants to argue that with me, my office is two doors down,” Wingert said, Radio Iowa reported.
Greene had a history of confrontations with the police, according to KARE.
Greene’s daughters, Maddison and Sammie, gave a statement to the media.
“As the daughters of the accused, we would like to say and express our deepest sympathies to the families of the lost and the officers themselves,” said Sammie as she read the statement. “We do not condone what our father has done. It was a shock to even us that a man we knew so well was capable of doing something so tragic.”
Greene made his first court appearance Nov. 4 and his bail was set at $10 million.