Two police officers killed in apparent ambush attacks in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two police officers were killed in two separate ambush shootings near Des Moines, Iowa, authorities said.

The first officer, who worked for the Urbandale Police Department, was killed shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning after responding to shots fired in Urbandale, northwest of Des Moines.

Authorities said the officer, still seated in a squad car, was found dead at the scene.

About 20 minutes later, a Des Moines police officer found another officer from the same department dead at a nearby intersection.

The second officer, just like the first, also was seated in his patrol vehicle. That officer was declared dead at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

“On the surface, it doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers and whoever the coward is who shot them while they sat in their cars,” Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that they are hunting for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, of Urbandale.

46 year old Urbandale resident Scott Michael Greene is being sought by investigator for shooting of 2 Des Moines police officers

46 year old Urbandale resident Scott Michael Greene is being sought by investigator for shooting of 2 Des Moines police officers

He is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was last known to be driving a blue 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck with Iowa license plates 780 YFR.

The truck is equipped with a ladder rack.

Investigators identified Greene as a suspect as they scrambled to respond to the killings of officers in Urbandale and Des Moines in separate shootings.