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Utah police offer condolences for 2 fallen officers in Iowa

On Wednesday morning, news broke that two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa, were shot to death in what authorities are calling an ambush-style attack. The two were sitting in their patrol cars when a man shot and killed them both, The Associated Press reported.

By Wednesday afternoon, authorities apprehended the suspect. Officers from both the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol captured the 46-year-old suspect, Scott Michael Greene, and will soon take him to Des Moines.

So far, few details exist about the capture, according to the Associated Press. Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek told CNN that Greene had been on foot and alone when authorities made the arrest. Parizek also said local authorities identified Greene as a suspect after reviewing a number of tips and investigations, according to the AP.

In a statement earlier Wednesday, Parizek expressed concern that this may not be an isolated attack.

"He says there is 'clearly danger' right now for police officers in the area because the officers were gunned down while sitting in their cars doing nothing wrong,” according to the Associated Press. “He says the department has doubled up its officers to better protect them."

In Utah, a few police departments from across the Wasatch Front and the Beehive State shared their condolences on social media.

A number of trends on Twitter focused on the police deaths, including simply the word “Iowa” as well as #DesMoines, #FallenOfficer and #OfficersDown.

National leaders, presidential candidates and Americans in general expressed their concern for the families of the shooting, too.

Many tweeters showed their support for police officers.

https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/793831815014260737Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.