Cash-strapped sus­pect charged in killing of Iowa of­fi­cers

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By Ryan J. Fo­ley and David Pitt

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa man charged Thurs­day with fa­tally shoot­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers in am­bush-style at­tacks was un­der in­tense fi­nan­cial pres­sure and had been or­dered to move out of his mother’s base­ment hours be­fore the slay­ings.

Scott Greene, 46, was ar­rested Thurs­day after de­tec­tives ques­tioned him at the Des Moines po­lice sta- tion.

Greene was se­cured with the hand­cuffs that had be­longed to the pa­trol­men who were killed, Des Moines Sgt. An­thony Bem­i­nio, 38, and Ur­ban­dale Of­fi­cer Justin Martin, 24, and was trans­ported to the county jail.

Greene was charged with two counts of first-de­gree mur­der. If con­victed, he would re­ceive an au­to­matic sen­tence of life in prison Greene with­out pa­role.

Po­lice said Thurs­day that a search dog re­cov­ered a .223-cal­iber ri­fle the day be­fore in a wooded area that they be­lieve Greene used to fire on the of­fi­cers.

Greene had been hos­pi­tal­ized for treat­ment of a pre- ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing his sur­ren­der Wed­nes­day morn­ing. He left the hospi­tal Thurs­day.

Court doc­u­ments show that Greene, an un­em­ployed fa­ther who lived in the Des Moines sub­urb of Ur­ban­dale, was in­creas­ingly des­per­ate for money in re­cent weeks.

Dis­trict Judge Carla Schem­mel ruled Tues­day that Greene had com­mit­ted el­der abuse against his mother, Pa­tri­cia Greene, by “phys­i­cally hit­ting and fi­nan­cially ex­ploit­ing” her. Schem­mel or­dered him to move out of his mother’s home be­fore Nov. 6 and to stay away from the home for a year.

Pa­tri­cia Greene, 66, had ap­plied for the res­train­ing or­der Oct. 19, two days after she was ar­rested and charged with strik­ing her son in the face dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion that he had recorded with his cell­phone.

She said her son had sub­jected her to emo­tional and fi­nan­cial abuse.

A tem­po­rary pro­tec­tive or­der was is­sued Oct. 20.

Des Moines po­lice spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said a mo­tive for the shoot­ings re­mains un­clear.

Court records re­veal Greene’s mount­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

Last year, a credit union at­tempted to col­lect a $5,000 debt from Greene by gar­nish­ing wages from one of his for­mer em­ploy­ers and two banks with which he had ac­counts. But none of them re­ported hav­ing funds. The debt grew be­yond $10,000, and there’s no in­di­ca­tion it was ever paid.

An apart­ment com­plex also filed a $1,300 claim for delinquent lease pay­ments that he hasn’t paid.

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