Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds issue statement on Iowa officers killed

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Branstad and Reynolds photo from the Iowa Republican

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hours after two police officers were killed in separate shootings, the governor and lt. governor issued the following statement:

“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.

Click here to watch the 5 a.m. press conference.

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.”

The shooter has not yet been identified and still is at large, authorities said.

No motive was immediately known, but Parizek said “there is a clear and present danger to police officers right now.”

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