DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa – An Urbandale man wanted in connection with the “ambush-style” murders of two metro police officers has been taken into custody.
Scott Michael Greene, 46, of Urbandale, was taken into custody in Dallas County around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Des Moines police say he was apprehended by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol. Someone had called 911 after recognizing Greene walking on the G Trail in Wiscotta, south of Redfield.
Greene was then taken to the hospital after complaining of a physical ailment. When he`s released, he`ll be questioned by authorities.
Greene is the man police had been seeking in connection with shooting deaths of Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department and Officer Justin Martin of the Urbandale Police Department.
According to Des Moines police, the incident started at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday with a report of shots fired near 70th and Aurora. The first officer who arrived at that scene found Officer Justin Martin of the Urbandale Police Department in his patrol vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Twenty minutes later, Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio with the Des Moines Police Department was found shot in his patrol vehicle at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive.
Both officers died from their wounds. Des Moines Police are describing the shootings as ambush-style attacks.
At an early morning news conference, Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department called the attacks a “cowardly act.”
The Urbandale School District has canceled classes at all of its schools today because of the shootings.