Two police officers in central Iowa were shot and killed Wednesday in a pair of ‘ambush-style attacks’ . . . The first shooting occurred at 1:06 a.m. when an officer in Urbandale, which is part of metropolitan Des Moines, responded to a report of shots fired, Sgt. Paul Parizek, a spokesman for Des Moines police told The Washington Post.
The officer was shot while sitting alone in his patrol car at 70th Street and Aurora Ave., next to Urbandale High School. He was pronounced dead on the scene, Parizek said.
About 20 minutes later, Des Moines police officers responding to the shooting of the first officer came across a patrol car at Merle Hay Rd. and Sheridan Dr., an intersection about two miles away, where they found another officer with a gunshot wound, according to Parizek. The officer, who was among those responding, was transported to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where he too was pronounced dead . . .
“They clearly were just seated in their cars when they were shot,” Parizek said. “The best they can tell from the scene there was no interaction between them and whoever did this.”
Asked about the dangers that face police officers during last night’s press conference, Sergeant Parizek became angry. “These guys were gunned down, sitting in their car doing nothing wrong,” he said. “There is a clear and present danger to police officers right now. There’s definitely danger out there right now.”
Des Moines police immediately mandated two officers per patrol car (as in LA). It’s only a matter of time — and money — before police unions demand doubling-up (a.k.a. “contact and cover”) as standard practice.