Sergeant Anthony David Beminio

Sergeant Anthony David Beminio

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 5030

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Sgt Beminio I never got to meet you but as a citizen of Des Moines I have had the honor of thanking several of our officers for their service. My thoughts and prayers are always with your family even 5 years later they are still prayed for. Loosing a good officer has made alot of us appreciate our law enforcement officers more every day. Thank you sir for your service and sacrifice.

Tonya LaFarr
Law Enforcement Supporter, Iowa

October 29, 2021

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