Police have announced the names of the officers who were killed early Wednesday morning in the Des Moines area. Sgt. Anthony Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department and Justin Martin with the Urbandale Police Department were both shot and killed in what police describe as an ambush style attack.
Des Moines Police say over 15 and under 30 rounds were fired. They believe more than one weapon was used in the attack.
The suspect, Scott Michael Green, was found near Interstate 80. Police say he flagged down an Iowa Department of Natural Resources employee and asked them to call 9-1-1.
Police say they had been to Green’s home in Urbandale for prior incidents, none this serious.
The suspect in today’s fatal police shootings in Iowa has a record of confrontation with police and others. Iowa court records show that Scott Greene was jailed and charged after resisting Urbandale police officers trying to pat him down for a weapon in April of 2014. He entered a guilty plea and was fined.
Two days later Urbandale police were called to the apartment complex where Greene lived. He had allegedly threatened to kill another man during a confrontation in the parking lot. He again pleaded guilty and received a suspended jail sentence.