Sergeant Anthony David Beminio

Sergeant Anthony David Beminio

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Anthony David Beminio

Sergeant Anthony Beminio and Patrolman Justin Martin, of the Urbandale Police Department, were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol cars shortly after 1:00 am.

Patrolman Martin was sitting in his patrol car at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue when a subject approached and opened fire without warning, shooting into the driver's side of the patrol car between 15 and 30 times. Nearby citizens called 911 to reports shots fired and responding officers located Patrolman Martin inside.

Additional officers from multiple agencies setup a perimeter in the area. Approximately 20 minutes later the same subject approached Sergeant Beminio's patrol car, approximately two miles from Patrolman Martin's murder, and ambushed him at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Avenue. The man then fled the scene. At approximately 9:30 am he surrendered to law enforcement officers in Dallas County.

On May 19th, 2017, the subject was sentenced to two consecutive life terms after pleading guilty to both murders.

Sergeant Beminio had served with the Des Moines Police Department for 11 years.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 5030

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush

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I personally knew a Sgt Beminio when he was "Officer Tony" at Theodore Roosevelt High School. Sgt Beminio imbodied "Iowa nice". One summer I was selling admission to softball games in the sun (go Riders!). Sgt Beminio purchased an ice cold Gatorade for me out of pocket each game I worked. I told him I had money, but he said to "save it for someone special. I make more and you have gas to buy" or something funny like that. The man was always smiling with students. Its because of Tony I chose my major in CJ and spent the last 7 years in my chosen field. Tony left a VERY positive impact on myself and undoubtedly others.

Robert Currans/ undisclosed
He was my SRO and mentor back in Iowa

January 18, 2019

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