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Man in court for United States police officer killings

By Ryan J Foley

An Iowa man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after two policemen were shot dead on Wednesday.

Police said yesterday a search dog recovered from a wooded area a high-powered rifle they believe Scott Greene fired during the ambush-style attacks. Greene was charged in connection with the deaths of Des Moines Sergeant Anthony Beminio and Urbandale officer Justin Martin.

Court documents have shown the 46-year-old was under intense financial pressure and had been ordered to move out of his mother's basement just hours before the incident.

Greene, an unemployed father who lived in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, was increasingly desperate for money in recent weeks.

District Judge Carla Schemmel ruled on Tuesday that Greene had committed elder abuse against his 66-year-old mother Patricia Greene by "physically hitting and financially exploiting" her.

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