Police identified a suspect in Iowa killings
- 02.11.2016, 16:19,
- Accident » Accident. Main
Two police officers were killed in the "ambush style" in the U.S. state of Iowa, BBC reported on Wednesday.
Police have already identified a suspect. They are searching for Scott Michael Greene, a white 46-year-old from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. While the motive for the attacks remains unclear.
The first officer was found shot in Urbandale at 01:06 local time (06:06 GMT) on Wednesday. The second was found 20 minutes later several blocks away. Both were sitting in their patrol cars when they were attacked.
However a mobile phone video posted under Greene's name in October shows a man complaining to police that a group of black people had hit him and taken from him a Confederate flag he was holding during a high school sports event. Another video shows a photo of Greene holding the Confederate flag in front of several black people.
The Confederate flag is widely seen as a symbol of slavery. It was also heavily associated with the man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in South Carolina last year.
Following the police precaution, all schools in Urbandale are to stay closed on Wednesday and the school staff has been told to stay away.
Police said Greene was believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous."We hope we find him before anybody else gets hurt. We definitely don't want anybody in the public, here in the community to get hurt but there's a clear and present danger to police officers right now and we've doubled up our officers,"
Sergeant Paul Parizek said at a news conference earlier.