Suspect in ‘ambush’ style attack on Iowa officers captured

Scott Michael Greene
Scott Michael Greene (WHO)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they have captured the man believed to have shot and killed two Des Moines area police officers Wednesday morning. Scott Michael Greene, 46, of Urbandale was originally described as armed and dangerous.

Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek says Greene was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning in Dallas County, just west of Des Moines.

Investigators identified Greene as a suspect as they scrambled to respond to the killings of officers in Urbandale and Des Moines in separate shootings early Wednesday. Officers responded to a report of shots fired at about 1:06 a.m. and found an Urbandale Police Department officer who had been shot.

Des Moines officers responded to assist. About 20 minutes later and 2 miles away, a Des Moines officer was found shot. Both officers died. Both officers were shot while sitting in their patrol cars.

Parizek was emotional during a news conference. He says there is “clearly danger” right now for police officers in the area because the officers were gunned down while sitting in their cars doing nothing wrong. He says the department has doubled up its officers to better protect them.

Greene has a record of confrontation with police and others. Iowa court records show he was jailed and charged with interference with official acts after resisting Urbandale police officers trying to pat him down for a weapon on April 10, 2014. A complaint signed by an Urbandale officer says Greene resisted verbal commands, was hostile and combative. It says he was known to be armed. He entered a guilty plea and was fined.

Two days later Urbandale police were called to answer a complaint of harassment at the apartment complex where Greene lived. The complaint says he threatened to kill another man during a confrontation in the parking lot. He was charged with harassment, pleaded guilty and received a suspended jail sentence and a year of probation.

Records show he completed a court-ordered substance abuse and psychological evaluation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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