2 Io­wa po­li­ce of­fi­cers kil­led in ap­pa­rent am­bush at­tacks

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USA - Two Io­wa po­li­ce of­fi­cers we­re kil­led in se­pa­ra­te, ap­pa­rent am­bush shootings near Des Moi­nes ear­ly Wed­nes­day, au­tho­ri­ties said. The first of­fi­cer, who wor­ked for the Ur­ban­da­le Po­li­ce De­part­ment, was kil­led short­ly af­ter 1 a.m. in Ur­ban­da­le, north­west of Des Moi­nes. Of­fi­cers res­pon­ding to a re­port of shots fired found the of­fi­cer dead, still sea­ted in his squad car, po­li­ce said.

About 20 mi­nu­tes la­ter, a Des Moi­nes po­li­ce of­fi­cer was found shot in his ve­hi­cle at a ne­ar­by in­ter­sec­ti­on. That of­fi­cer was ta­ken to a hos­pi­tal, whe­re he died, Des Moi­nes po­li­ce Sgt. Paul Pa­ri­zek said. “On the surfa­ce right now ... it doe­sn’t look li­ke the­re was any in­ter­ac­ti­on bet­ween the­se of­fi­cers and whoe­ver the co­ward is that shot them whi­le they sat in their cars,” Pa­ri­zek said, hol­ding back tears. “In all ap­pe­a­ran­ces it looks ... that the­se of­fi­cers we­re am­bus­hed,” he ad­ded.

The shoo­ter has not yet been iden­ti­fied and is still at lar­ge, au­tho­ri­ties said. No mo­ti­ve was im­me­di­a­te­ly known, but Pa­ri­zek said “the­re is a clear and pre­sent danger to po­li­ce of­fi­cers right now.” “The­re is clear­ly danger if you’re a po­li­ce of­fi­cer. The­se guys we­re gun­ned down sit­ting in their car, do­ing no­thing wrong. So, the­re’s de­fi­ni­te­ly so­me danger out the­re. The­re’s so­me­bo­dy out the­re shooting po­li­ce of­fi­cers. We ho­pe we find him be­fo­re any­bo­dy el­se gets hurt.” The of­fi­cers’ na­mes we­ren’t im­me­di­a­te­ly re­lea­sed.

The slain Des Moi­nes of­fi­cer is the third in that city to die in the li­ne of du­ty this year. Two Des Moi­nes of­fi­cers -- Susan Far­rell and Car­los Puen­te Mo­ra­les -- we­re kil­led March 26 when their ve­hi­cle was hit head-on by a dri­ver go­ing the wrong way, ac­cor­ding to the Na­ti­o­nal Law En­for­ce­ment Of­fi­cers Me­mo­ri­al Fund. “I don’t even know whe­re to be­gin, how bad this year is,” Pa­ri­zek said, af­ter a re­por­ter as­ked him how of­fi­cers can pre­pa­re to do their jobs amid ano­ther tra­ge­dy. “This is what we do. We co­me in, day in, day out. We go out the­re and we pro­vi­de the sa­me le­vel of ser­vi­ce re­gard­less of what’s go­ing on in our per­so­nal or pro­fes­si­o­nal li­ves.” “We know we’ve got the best com­mu­ni­ty. We saw that af­ter Car­los and Susan we­re kil­led, and I cer­tain­ly ex­pect we’re go­ing to see the sa­me thing co­ming,” he said.

The Ur­ban­da­le Po­li­ce De­part­ment, a for­ce of about 50 of­fi­cers, said it be­lie­ves this is the first of­fi­cer it has lost in the li­ne of du­ty.


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