Two police officers ambushed and killed in Des Moines, Iowa

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Update 6:15 a.m. Governor Branstad’s office has released a statement on the early morning shootings. “The governor and lt. governor have been alerted to the attacks on law enforcement this morning. Shortly after the shootings, our office was briefed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on the shootings. DPS is working hand in hand with local law enforcement in the investigation. We will continue monitoring and working with law enforcement in the interest of public safety. An attack on public safety officers is an attack on the public safety of all Iowans. We call on Iowans to support our law enforcement officials in bringing this suspect to justice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty as well as the officers who continue to put themselves in harm’s way.” Update 6 a.m. Des Moines Police are giving more information about a shooting in Urbandale overnight. Police are calling this “Ambush-style attacks” on police officers. No suspect has been found, and police say the public and police officers are in danger at this time because of that. They also said no matter what happens, this shooting will not affect how they carry on their jobs, and they will remain vigilant in protecting the community. Urbandale Schools will be closed today because of the area of the shooting. Merle Hay Road from Hickman to Urbandale will be closed indefinitely as police continue to investigate. Alternative routes should be taken. ORIGINAL STORY DES MOINES – Two metro police officers are dead after separate shootings early Wednesday morning. According to Des Moines police, officers responded to the area of 70th and Aurora to investigate a report of shots fired around 1:06 a.m. where they found an Urbandale police officer shot. Twenty minutes later, Des Moines police were asked to respond to the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive where a DMPD officer was reportedly shot. Both officers died in what police are calling an ambush-style shooting, according to DMPD Sgt. Paul Parizek. Suspect information is being developed and more information will be released during a press briefing by Des Moines police around 5:00 a.m.

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