Two police officers were brutally murdered in separate ambushes in Urbandale Iowa. It’s believed that the officers were ambushed by unidentified suspects who are still on the loose.
The Washington Post reported that the “details are scant,” but the fundamental pattern suggests the cop-killer(s) targeted two police officers in “surprise” executions:
The first shooting happened at 1:06 a.m. when an officer in Urbandale, which is part of metropolitan Des Moines, responded to a call about shots fired, Sgt. Paul Parizek, the spokesman for Des Moines police, told reporters. The officer was gunned down while sitting alone in his patrol car at 70th Street and Aurora Ave., next to Urbandale High School. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Parizek stated.
About 20 minutes later, Des Moines police officers responding to the shooting of the first officer came across a patrol car at Merle Hay Rd. and Sheridan Dr., an intersection about two miles away, where they found another officer with a gunshot wound, according to Parizek. The officer, who was among those responding, was transported to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where he too was pronounced dead.
The murder of the two currently unidentified police officers are being described as “ambush-style attacks.” As reported by ABC News, a manhunt is currently underway for a gunman, but it is unknown if the “coward” had an accomplice.
The Press issued the statement given by Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek, who was described as “emotional” during the press conference.
Sgt. Parizek’s opening words were: “I cannot even begin to talk about how bad this is.” The AP continued:
Parizek was emotional during the news conference. He stated that there’s “clearly danger” right now for police officers in the area because the officers were maliciously gunned down while sitting in their cars doing nothing wrong. He says the department is doubling up its officers to better protect them.
The first officer, an Urbandale officer, was shot around 1:06 a.m. Then 20 minutes later, a Des Moines officer was found shot only 2 miles away.
This is a breaking news story, more details will be provided as forthcoming.
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