Iowa Resident Sobs as She Gives Cops Water After Police Shootings
A touching encounter between an Iowa resident and police office was caught on camera in the hours after two Des Moines-area cops were senselessly shot dead with no warning early Wednesday.
In the KCCI footage, a man who appears to be a Urbandale Police Department officer is greeted by a citizen, who offers the only thing she had on hand, a package of bottled water.
"I can't even imagine," the woman tells the officer in an apparent reference to the consecutive, "ambush-style" slayings of an Urbandale officer and a Des Moines officer as they each sat in their patrol cars.
"This is the only thing I know how to help," the woman said tearfully as she handed the officer water. "I want you to be hydrated."
A deeper reason for the woman's intense emotions surrounding the slayings soon comes clear as she appears to suggest that her own father is a police officer.
"I want you to go home to your families because I want my dad to come home to me. And I want my friends to come home to me and I'll pray for you all and I don't how else to help. I don't know what else to do," she said.
As the woman allows her tears to flow, the officer can't help but become emotional himself.
"Your prayers are all we need," he says.
While they grieve this unthinkable tragedy, Iowans can at least rest easy knowing police believe they have the man they believe to be responsible in custody.
Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek says Scott Michael Greene, 46, was arrested Wednesday morning after a manhunt that lasted several hours.
The first officer, Urbandale PD Officer Justin Martin, was killed in the town that borders Des Moines.
In the second shooting, a Des Moines police officer Sgt. Anthony Beminio was shot after responding to the initial shooting and later transported to a hospital, where he died. The second shooting took place just blocks from the first, KCCI reports.
According to officials in Des Moines, both officers were inside their cruisers when they were shot dead in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
At an emotional press conference, Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told reporters: “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."