Published On: Wed, Nov 2nd, 2016

Scott Greene identified as shooter in ambush murder of two Iowa police officers

Two Des Moines area police officers were shot to death early Wednesday in separate ambush-style attacks while they were sitting in their patrol cars, and police are searching for a suspect, identified as Scott Michael Greene.

Greene, 46, is still at large, suspected of shooting and killing an unidentified Urbandale Police Department officer, found just after 1:06 a.m. Less than a half hour later, a Des Moines officer had been shot in a patrol car at an intersection. These shootings happened less than 2 miles apart and both took place along main streets that cut through residential areas.

“There’s somebody out there shooting police officers. We hope to find him before somebody else gets hurt,” said Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek, who stopped briefly during a news conference as he worked to control his emotions.

“It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers and whoever the coward is who shot them while they sat in their cars,” Parizek said.

Scott Michael Greene

Scott Michael Greene

Greene recorded himself being kicked out of a high school football game in Urbandale, Iowa, on October 14, 2016. The racist motivations were revealed in the comments of a second video section of the video, Greene wrote, “I was offended by the blacks sitting through our anthem. Thousands more whites fought and died for their freedom. However this is not about the Armed forces, they are cop haters.”

“This is an assault on a person exercising his constitution rights on free speech!,” he wrote.

“I’m a citizen of the United States of America and I would like my property back that was stolen from me,” he said, referring to his confiscated Confederate Flag. “I want to report the theft of property from myself. I was actually assaulted. I would like to report an assault.”

An officer told Greene the flag he was holding, a Confederate flag, is in violation of school code.

“You came just to fly the flag and possibly cause a disruption tonight,” an officer says. “You have to understand in the current social climate we’re in, when you fly a Confederate flag standing in front of several African American people, that’s going to cause a disturbance, whether you intended to or not.”

Greene argues that it is his Constitutional right to do so and says he was “peacefully protesting.”

Greene has been arrested numerous times and was convicted of harassment in 2014 after police said he approached a man in the parking lot of his apartment complex, shined a flash light in his eyes and called him the “N-word.” Greene then told the man, “I will kill you, (expletive) kill you,” according to records.

He was sentenced to one year of probation.

Greene was convicted of interference with official acts in 2014 after resisting officers’ attempts to pat him down for weapons at the same apartment complex.

Officer Chris Greenfield wrote that Greene, was “noncompliant, hostile, combative and made furtive movements toward his pockets, according to the court documents.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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