KIMT News 3 – Below is a compilation of responses to Wednesday’s shooting death of two Des Moines area police officers from those in the political spotlight:
“My heart goes out to the officers who were fatally shot, their families, and their fellow officers. This cowardly and senseless act of violence does not represent who we are as Iowans or Americans, and I am proud of our communities coming together to support our first responders. To have such a tragedy occur in our own backyard is a stark reminder of the sacrifices police officers, all first responders, and their families make to keep us safe. They are all in my thoughts and prayers every day.” — U.S. Senate candidate Patty Judge
“My heart goes out to the families of the two police officers who were so tragically killed serving their communities in the line of duty. These acts are truly unconscionable. The brave men and women who serve and protect us need our full support and I urge anyone with information on these devastating events to please contact your local police department.” — Monica Vernon, U.S. House of Representatives candidate for Iowa’s first district
“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of our two Des Moines metro police officers who were tragically murdered early this morning. This is a sickening tragedy experienced by our state and Nation today, and this is a very important time for us to stand together in support of our men and women in Blue. Please join me in continued prayer for the affected families and for all of our law enforcement officers. They have lost two of their own and we have lost two of our heroes.” — Iowa Rep. Steve King
“There are no words to adequately express my sorrow and heartache over the senseless murders of two police officers in the line of duty. I offer my deepest condolences to these officers’ families, their law enforcement colleagues, and loved ones.
As Iowans, we are thankful for these two law enforcement heroes who tragically lost their lives. We are grateful for all the men and women in uniform who selflessly risk everything to protect us and keep our communities safe.
I hope law enforcement officers across our state, who are feeling a profoundly numbing loss, can take at least some solace and comfort from the gratitude and support they have from Iowans.” — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller