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Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor slain police officers

Nov 04, 2016

DES MOINES (AP) — The latest on two police officers in the Des Moines area who were killed in what authorities describe as ambush-style attacks:

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff to honor two police officers who were killed in what authorities have described as ambush-style attacks.

The order will last from sunrise on Monday to sunset on Tuesday.

Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Urbandale officer Justin Martin were shot to death early Wednesday while sitting in their patrol cars. Scott Michael Greene has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection to the shootings.

Services are scheduled for Monday for Beminio and Tuesday for Martin.

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A daughter of a man charged with murder in the shooting death of two Iowa police officers says she's in shock that her father might have done such a thing.

Samantha Greene says she talked by phone with her father, Scott Michael Greene, just two hours before police say he fatally shot Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Urbandale officer Justin Martin.

Police say the officers were killed in separate ambush-style attacks while sitting in their patrol cars early Wednesday morning.

Samantha Greene says she had a normal conversation with her father around 11 p.m. Tuesday. The 25-year-old says her dad has been upset at losing his father to cancer and the breakup of a relationship, but that he showed no unusual signs of anger.

She spoke outside the Polk County Jail after watching her father's first appearance before a judge. She said he had the "deepest sympathy" for the officers' families. She says her father has never expressed "any ill action or thought against the police, so it's a complete shock."

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A judge has set the bond at $10 million for a man charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two police officers in Iowa.

Judge William Price set the bond for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene during Greene's first court appearance today.

If convicted, Green would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. His next hearing is set for Nov. 14.

Greene appeared in pink jail inmate clothing at the hearing, staring straight ahead without saying anything. The hearing took less than a minute in the Polk County Jail, which has a small courtroom.

Greene was released from a hospital Thursday, and he was arrested later in the day after detectives questioned him at the Des Moines police station.

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A funeral has been scheduled for the second Iowa police officer who was fatally shot in an ambush-style attack while sitting in his police vehicle.

Des Moines police said today that a visitation for Sgt. Anthony Beminio will be held Sunday afternoon in West Des Moines. His funeral is set for Monday morning.

The 38-year-old Beminio was killed about 20 minutes after 24-year-old Urbandale Officer Justin Martin was fatally shot less than 2 miles away.

Martin's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Rockwell City.

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An Iowa man charged in the killings of two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement hours before the shootings.

Forty-six-year-old Scott Michael Greene was arrested Thursday afternoon after detectives questioned him at the Des Moines police station. Greene was secured with the handcuffs that had belonged to the patrolmen who were killed in ambush-style attacks.

If convicted of the charge of first-degree murder, Greene would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.

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