Two Iowa police officers were ambushed and killed while sitting in their patrol cars early Wednesday morning in the Des Moines metro area, authorities say.
KCCI reported that an Urbandale officer was killed just after 1 a.m. CST. The officer was sitting alone in his patrol car when he was shot, Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said, according to ABC7 New York.
A Des Moines city officer who was responding to the shooting alone was found shot and killed in his patrol car shortly after, just blocks away.
“In all appearances, it looks just like that … that these officers were ambushed,” Parizek said through tears at a press conference.
“On the surface, 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,” Parizek said.
Authorities are in the process of gathering information on a suspect or suspects. The officers who were killed have not be identified.