Des Moines, IA — (RT) Police have confirmed that the officers, from Urbandale and Des Moines Police Departments, were shot dead while sitting in their cars in two related incidents.
The first shooting happened just after 1 a.m. Wednesday near 70th Street and Aurora Avenue, close to Urbandale High School according to local news reports, when one officer was shot and killed.
The scene of the first shooting at 70th and Aurora where an officer was found shot early Wed morning. Some officers in combat gear here. pic.twitter.com/SJEUY4B3gh
— Brian Powers (@bpowersphoto) November 2, 2016
Then 20 minutes later a second police officer was shot dead, just blocks away at Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Avenue.
— WTOC Walter Ambrose (@ambrose03) 2 November 2016
Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said during a press briefing Wednesday morning that the second officer was on the way to the crime scene in Urbandale at the time of his killing.
“It looks like the officers were ambushed,” he said.
— WTOC Walter Ambrose (@ambrose03) November 2, 2016
— Marianne Lyles (@MarianneLyles) November 2, 2016
Police are still developing information on a suspect and have warned that the scene remains dangerous.
“There’s definitely danger out there, someone is out there shooting police officers,” officer Parizek said.
2 officers killed: “There’s literally a clear and present danger if you’re a police officer” https://t.co/MjAzXn8pUr
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) November 2, 2016
Des Moines PD have paired up their officers as a precaution following the shootings.
“We are always vigilant about our safety, but we still got to get out there and do it,” Parizek told the media.
Des Moines police briefing press re: officers shot: “I can’t
even begin to talk about how bad this is” @news4buffalo
— Katie Alexander (@KatieNews4) 2 November 2016
Police will not be releasing names of either officer during initial presser, family getting notified. At least two more expected during day pic.twitter.com/9qIshG9jPP
— Jacob J. Peklo (@JacobPekloTV) 2 November 2016
The Urbandale Schools District said that all schools will be closed Wednesday as a result of the fatal shootings and ongoing investigation.
— Urbandale Schools (@UrbandaleSchool) November 2, 2016
— Julian Glover (@JulianGloverTV) November 2, 2016
In a statement the governor’s office said that “an attack on public safety officers is an attack on the public safety of all Iowans.”
“We call on Iowans to support our law enforcement officials in bringing this suspect to justice,” it added.