46-year-old Scott Michael Greene was arrested last Wednesday after he was identified as the culprit responsible for the fatal Iowa shooting.
Scott Michael Greene was apprehended by the police unharmed after he fatally shot and killed two police officers within the 20 minutes. The Iowa shooting which led to the death of the officers occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. How was a man able to survive after shooting two cops? Find out the details below from our carefully selected news outlets:
Two Iowa police officers were shot and killed while sitting in their cars on Wednesday in two separate shootings that took place 20 minutes apart in different locations, according to USA Today.
Police captured a 46-year-old suspect in the “ambush-style” killing of the officers early Wednesday in the Des Moines metro-area. Scott Michael Greene was identified as the suspect in the fatal shootings and was considered armed and dangerous before being captured late Wednesday morning, writes the news outlet.
Around 1:06 a.m Central Time, law enforcement responded to reports of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue in Urbandale, Iowa. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek was one of the first to arrive at the scene, and found an Urbandale officer shot. The second attack happened around 1:26 a.m. CT, when a Des Moines officer responding to the initial attack was fatally shot, just three miles away from the first location, according to the report.
This isn’t the first encounter Greene has had with Urbandale police. Prior to the killings, a video surfaced online of Greene arguing with local cops after he brought a Confederate flag to a high school sports game, titled “Police Abuse, Civil Rights Violation at Urbandale High School 10/14/16.”
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Court documents also indicate Greene was charged with a simple misdemeanor count of interference with official acts on April 10, 2014.
According to the Des Moines Register, Greene resisted when police officers tried to pat him down for weapons at an Urbandale residence. According to the newspaper, police officers wanted to search him after noticing a pouch on his belt that looked like a holster.
Greene was “noncompliant, hostile, combative and made furtive movements toward his pockets” before the arrest, Officer Chris Greenfield wrote in the complaint, according to the Register.
Court records indicate Greene pled guilty two weeks later and was fined.
Two days after this incident, court records show Greene was charged with first-degree harassment. Read more.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Investigators quickly identified a suspect in the slayings, who then surrendered — a local man described as a troubled loner who was familiar to the police in his suburban town, Urbandale. He had a string of arrests and confrontations with officers and others, but nothing in his record approached the scale of violence that erupted here.
Just hours before the two officers were killed, a court had ordered the man, Scott M. Greene, 46, to move out of his mother’s house, after she accused him of emotional and physical abuse. A few weeks ago, the Urbandale police had escorted him out of a football game being played by his daughter’s high school, after he waved a Confederate flag in front of black students, leading to restrictions on his ability to set foot on school property.
But none of it added up to an explanation for the deadly assaults, said Sgt. Paul Parizek, a spokesman for the Des Moines Police Department, who added that the suspect appeared to have acted alone. “We may never actually know what motivated this act,” he said.
The Iowa shooting were the latest of a spike in killings of law enforcement officers this year, a trend that has alarmed the police and their supporters, and that has intensified election-year debates about relations between communities and the officers who patrol them. President Obama, in a statement, described the killings as “shameful acts of violence.”
“Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Officer Justin Martin represented our best, most decent instincts as human beings — to serve our neighbors, to put ourselves in harm’s way for someone else,” he said, offering his condolences to the officers’ families, fellow officers and communities.
Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, the police in Urbandale, a city of 45,000, responded to reports of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue — the location of the football stadium Mr. Greene had been thrown out of, just a few blocks from his home. There they found Officer Martin, 24, who became an officer just last year, shot to death.
Ross McCarty, the Urbandale police chief, said a gunman had walked up to the side of the patrol car and fired “over 15 and under 30” rounds, leaving .223-caliber shell casings scattered on the pavement.
Around 1:30 a.m., about a mile and a half away at Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Avenue in Des Moines, Sergeant Beminio, 39, of the Des Moines police, was found killed in a similar ambush. Officials said he was married and had children.
“It doesn’t look like there was an exchange of conversation; there definitely wasn’t an opportunity for these officers to defend themselves,” Sergeant Parizek said. Read more.
It is amazing Greene actually survived killing two cops. I never imagined this could happen in America. Moreover, it is to be expected because, he is white. Unlike the several Black people who have been killed by cops at a traffic stop; others were shot when police mistook cell phone for guns. The Iowa shooting incident clearly shows a wide difference in the way police officers treat Black people and their white counterparts. Unarmed Black men and women are brutalized and mostly killed whereas an armed white man could shoot and kill police officers and still survive. In the meanwhile, Greene has not been slapped with any charges yet.