DES MOINES, Ia — Police say they appreciate the outpouring of support from the Des Moines community following the shooting deaths of two officers.
Sgt. Paul Parizek got emotional during a news conference Thursday, saying officers represent “the security blanket you guys sleep under every night.”
Parizek says the vast majority of the community has showered police with support, ranging from flowers at memorials to donations help the officers’ families.
“These were cold and calculated murders. It was a cowardly act from the way it was carried out all the way until how it ended.”
Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin, 24, and Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio, 38, were shot early Wednesday while sitting in their patrol cars in separate incidents about 20 minutes apart.
WRBL sister station KCCI says reporters were surprised to hear from Police Captain Dana Wingert who was also emotional in his sudden statement on the suspect.
“I’m not going to try and rationalize it. These were cold and calculated murders. It was a cowardly act from the way it was carried out all the way until how it ended,” he says of the “monster” who shot two of his brothers in blue.
Police say the suspect, 46-year-old Scott Greene, turned himself in hours after the shootings and was hospitalized.
Parizek says investigations have yet to speak with Greene and formal charges have not been filed because of his condition. Greene is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday.
Parizek said a motive remains unclear, but that investigators are looking at possible first-degree murder charges.
Police say a gun found by a search dog in a wooded area is believed to be weapon used in the fatal ambush.
Parizek says Thursday the weapon was found a day earlier “where no person probably could have found it.” He declined to provide further details.