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I just heard on 1010 Wins radio that four deputies were killed in an ambush outside of a coffee house somewhere in Washington State. They had no further information at this point and I will be looking for more information to confirm the incident.


 


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Seattle, Washington (CNN) -- Four sheriff's deputies were fatally shot Sunday in what police described as an ambush in a coffee shop near Seattle.


The Pierce County deputies were sitting in the coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington, before the start of their shifts, reading on their computers, when the shooting occurred, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer.


Lakewood is about 40 miles south of Seattle and 10 miles southwest of Tacoma.

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Four police officers shot to death in Lakewood in apparent ambush

Four police officers were shot to death in the Lakewood area about 8: 15 a.m. this morning by a scruffy looking man who walked into a coffee shop and fired multiple gunshots.


A screen grab from KING5 television shows numerous law enforcement agencies heading to the scene where multiple Lakewood Police Officers were shot and some confirmed dead at the Forza Coffee Company Sunday morning, Nov. 29, 2009, in the Lakewood, Wash., area.


 

A screen grab from KING5 television shows numerous law enforcement agencies heading to the scene where multiple Lakewood Police Officers were shot and some confirmed dead at the Forza Coffee Company Sunday morning, Nov. 29, 2009, in the Lakewood, Wash., area.

 

 

Four police officers were shot to death in the Lakewood area about 8:15 a.m. this morning by a scruffy looking man who walked into a coffee shop and fired multiple gunshots.


All four were pronounced dead by medics inside Forza Coffee at 11410 Steele Street South, said Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.


"It's carnage out front everywhere," Troyer said, describing the front of the coffee shop. "It's like a bad horror movie, it's horrible."


The names of the officers, all of whom were in uniforms, were not released until relatives are notified.


Most of the officers worked for the same agency, Troyer said. But the agencies weren't disclosed.


Three of the four officers have been identified and investigators were unsure of the identify of the fourth, Troyer said.


Troyer said police were searching for a black man in his 20s or 30s, between 5-feet-7 inches and 5-feet-10-inches, who fled the scene.


The man was wearing a black coat and blue jeans, Troyer said.


A second suspect might have been with the man, Troyer said.


Detectives were preparing search warrants for multiple locations, he said.


The shootings come about a month after the killing of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton, who was gunned down while sitting his patrol car Oct. 31.


The four officers, whose marked patrol cars were outside the shop, were on waiting to work a day shift, Troyer said.

 

Police cordoned off the shooting scene and were interviewing baristas and employees of the coffee shop who were badly shaken by what they witnessed, Troyer said.


Troyer said they are not looking at gang suspects.


"For a gang member to do something like this would be way out of the box because a gang wouldn't want to draw attention to themselves," he said.


A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

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 Here is what I found:


4 Officers Slain in Coffee Shop Ambush

  TACOMA, Wash. (Nov. 29) — Four police officers were shot and killed Sunday morning in what authorities called a targeted ambush at a coffee house in Washington state, a sheriff's official said.

Officials at the scene told The News Tribune in Tacoma two gunmen burst into the Forza Coffee Co. and shot the four uniformed officers as they were working on their laptop computers, then fled the scene.
Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators believe the officers were targeted, and it was not a robbery.
Troyer tells the newspaper "it was just a flat out ambush."
He could not immediately say what agency the officers were from. Police were searching for two suspects and interviewing witnesses. The coffee shop is near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, about 35 miles south of Seattle.
"We hopefully will have answers, but there is nothing more we can tell you," Troyer told KING-TV. "That's as cold-hearted as it is."
Roads were blocked around the attack. A witness driving past told the newspaper he saw an officer on the ground just after the shootings.
Last month, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed Halloween night as he was sitting in a cruiser with trainee Britt Sweeney. Sweeney was grazed in the neck.
Christopher Monfort, 41, of suburban Tukwila, was charged in the shooting. Days after the shooting, Seattle detectives attempted to question Monfort at his residence. Police say that Monfort then ran from the detectives and tried to use a gun. The detective shot him.
Authorities also linked Monfort to the October firebombing of four police vehicles, with prosecutors saying Monfort waged a "one-man war" against law enforcement.
Monfort remained hospitalized.


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I just got a phone call.  LE may have a residence surrounded that is believed to be connected to the shooting.  I am on the other side of the state so my local news is being stupid about it and internet has not mentioned it yet.


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Just blow the house up. Or lets rib a limb off of this guy one at a time.. I am for torturing this guy.

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News in confusing.  Says a white pick up was impounded at one scene and a subject taken into custody at another scene.  Did not say if the subject was a suspect or not.


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hopefully this will end quickly-lets stay vigilant-DO THIS ONE RIGHT.

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 I second torturing him...

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Just blow the house up. Or lets rib a limb off of this guy one at a time.. I am for torturing this guy.



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My oarys are with tthe family hope they hang these SOBS!!!!!!!!! RIP my brothers and sister

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Person of interest has been named


PARKLAND, Wash. - A person of interest has been identified in the killings of four Lakewood police officers.


Pierce county sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said they are looking for Maurice Clemmons, 37.


Troyer said Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft. He has also recently been arrested and charged in Pierce County for assault on a police officer and for rape of a child.


Troyer said Clemmons is one of several people investigators would like to talk to and can't be called a suspect at this point.


Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar identified the officers who were killed as Sergeant Mark Renninger, and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards.


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Renninger, 39, has 13 years of law enforcement experience.  He is survived by his wife and three children.


Owen, 37, has 12 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his former wife and a daughter.


Griswold, 40, has 14 years of law enforcement experience.  She is survived by her husband and two children.


Richards, 42, has eight years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.


Suspect may be wounded


Earlier, Troyer said the suspect who killed four Lakewood police officers at a Parkland coffee shop may have been wounded by one of the officers.


Troyer told reporters at the scene that one of the officers struggled out the door and fired his gun at the attacker.


"There is evidence that a Lakewood Police officer fired off some shots, and we hope that he hit him," said Troyer. "If he's hit, that means that he's injured somewhere with a gunshot wound."


Troyer said local hospitals have been contacted in case the suspect seeks medical attention.


"He's going to have to get that taken care of sometime, someplace," said Troyer.


Troyer said the person may travel a distance and go to a hospital or medical center and claim that he accidentally shot himself.


"What we need is if somebody knows somebody who has a gunshot wound or has a fresh injury and is described as a black male between 25 and 35, rough face and hair, wearing a black coat, jeans, and has an injury, we want to know who that is," said Troyer.


The officers - three male and one female - were in full uniform and wearing bulletproof vests, sitting in Forza coffee shop near 116th Street and Steele Street on the east side of the Air Force base at about 8:30 a.m., preparing for their shift when the suspect walked in, went up to the counter as if to order coffee, then turned and opened fire.


Troyer called it an "ambush."


"They had marked police cars, marked uniforms, there were other people inside the facility, they weren't shot, wounded or hurt or even aimed at, just the police officers were," said Troyer.


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It wasn't clear whether the officers even had time to draw their weapons to return fire, Troyer said.


"This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers," Troyer said.


With no known suspects, there was no indication of any connection with the Halloween night shooting of a Seattle police officer. The suspect in that shooting remains hospitalized.


"We won't know if it's a copycat effect or what it was until we get the case solved," Troyer said. "We don't even have a suspect ID right now."


Troyer would not release the names of the victims in Sunday's shooting.


Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson said the names of the victims would be released as soon as extended family members were notified.


In a statement, Richardson said the officers, part of the city's 100-member police force, had been with the department since it was organized five years ago. He called the crime "our most tragic event in Lakewood's 14 years as a city."


"We have no motive at all," Troyer said. "I don't think when we find out what it is, it will be anything that makes any sense or be worth it."


Two employees and a few other customers were in the shop during the attack. All are being interviewed by the Pierce County Sheriff's investigators.


"Some are in shock. They are very upset," Troyer said. "They are the ones who are going to put together for us how this happened."


The Forza Coffee Shop, part of a popular local chain, is in a small retail center alongside two restaurants, a cigar store and a nail salon.


Brad Carpenter, founder and owner of Forza Coffee, said his staff was OK and being interviewed by police, and that his main concern was with the families of the police officers.


"I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," he said.


Forza Coffee issued a press release, saying their "prayers go out to the family and friends of these officers in the face of this horrific tragedy."


"The cold-blooded ambush that took place at the Steele Street Forza Coffee House in Parkland," the release said.


Forza said a donation area will be established at each coffee house.


"It is Forza's goal to help the families of those who lost their lives during this difficult holiday season, and into the new year as they struggle to reconstruct their lives in the year ahead," said Rich Jennings, Forza owner.


Dave Gabrielson, a clerk at Foot Mart about a block away from the coffee shop, told the News Tribune that all was quiet when he opened the store at 8 a.m.


About 30 minutes later, "All of a sudden a million cops were zooming up and down the road," he said.


Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said "this is an example of the danger that police officers and deputy sheriffs and state troopers face every day."


"The person or people who did this not only harmed us they harmed the good that we can do in the community. They harmed the good that we work to do every day in the community," he said.


"This is an example of the cost that is sometimes paid by people who believe in duty and obligation and sacrifice and people who do that on behalf of the community."


"We've lost people that we care about, we've lost people I'm sure the good people in the community care about as well," said Pastor.


Troyer said there were several active scenes that officers were working. A white pick-up truck was impounded from a parking lot at one scene and a person was taken into custody at another.


He said they are looking to see if there is any surveillance cameras that may have caught the suspect on video.


Troyer said the suspect is a black male, 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall, 20s to 30s, scruffy appearance, wearing a black coat with a gray sweatshirt underneath, and blue jeans.


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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said she was "shocked and horrified" by the killings.


"Our police put their lives on the line every day, and tragedies like this remind us of the risks they continually take to keep our communities safe," she said in a written statement. "My heart goes out to the family, friends and co-workers of these officers, as well as the entire law enforcement community."


The President of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, Brian D. Wurts, issued a statement, calling the murders a "cold blooded assassination."


"As I write this I am numb. We were dealt a nasty blow, good men and women I have had the honor of knowing for years are senselessly gone. There is no way to comprehend it, to validate it, or to make sense of any of it. You cannot understand evil like this, as a community we must form a solid bond against criminals and hold them accountable. I know my members and can say with certainty that as a group we will remain professional and will continue to work to protect those of you we have taken an oath to protect. If you know a cop tell them how much you appreciate them, it truly keeps us going. Please pray for these officers and their families. All of them had significant others and children who are left behind," he said.


Wurts said  a benevolent account has been established for the families of the officers.


Send donations to LPIG Benevolent Fund at PO Box 99579 Lakewood, WA 98499.


"I will personally make sure it goes where it is intended. May God bless you four who are in a place so much better than this; you are some of the finest professionals I have ever known. God bless our community today," Wurtz said.


Prayer vigil


A prayer vigil for the officers and their families will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Tacoma Champions Centre at 1819 E. 72nd St. in Tacoma. Directions to the Tacoma Campus.


Editor's note: During the coverage of this developing story, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department has alleged that its investigation into the shootings was hampered by KING TV's news helicopter, which was flying over the area. KING TV maintains that its aircraft was operating in compliance with FAA flight rules at the time and that the aircraft was moved from the area.


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I got to work tonight and heard about this awful awful incident.  Yet another reminder to all of us that no matter where we are or what we are doing our choice of profession paints a target on our heads.


 


My heart and prayers go out to the loved ones and friends of these officers as well as their shiftmates.  I cannot imagine their pain.  I hope the POS shooter(s) are found quickly and die slowly.


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The general public does not realize that putting on the blue is putting on a target. This is proof positive. May they all Rest in Eternal Peace.

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Very sad situation, my heart goes out to the families of the fallen officers. My thoughts and prayers go out to the department as well as the families. 


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King5 in Seattle still saying DB shot, unknown if dead


www.king5.com/news/local/Police-officers-shot-78089882.html


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THIS IS SAD THAT THE EX GOV.HUCKABEE PARDONED HIM AND THEN HE KILLS 4 DEPUTIES...AND NO REASON TO DO SO...THESE GUYS WERE DRINKING COFFEE AND GETTING READY FOR THEIR SHIFT...THE FAMILIES SHOULD GO SEE HUCKABEE AND THANK U SO MUCH FOR LETTING OUT A KILLER THAT HAD A VIOLENT PAST


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did a double Saturday night got off a 6am woke to go back on duty at 2 to this news is it just me or is the lack of respect for not only law enforcement but authorty in general getting worse. Godspeed to our fallen. 


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It appears that there may be plenty of people to blame along the way. Even after the Governor commuted Clemmons' sentence in 2000, Clemmons violated his parole and was back in prison by July of 2001. How the heck did he get out of prison by 2004 then?


Check out this video:   http://www.kirotv.com/video/21757730/


After watching this video you'll see that 3 weeks ago a judge let Clemmons out on bond, while potentially facing a life sentence, this after another judge denied him bond. It also states that back in June a warrant (looks like a multiple count felony warrant) was issued out of Arkansas for Clemmons. I wonder what the extradition was set for on this warrant? In these dire financial times, I'm betting it was just for neighboring States. 


Even if this man Clemmons is not the final suspect, just with what we know of him so far, he should not be free to roam the streets in our society.


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POS SHOT DEAD THIS AM.12-1-09

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Excellent. There are a few in this world that deserve a violent and painful death.  That turd was definitely one of those.


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Bump one time I hope the officer shot low.


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Bet everyone on lunch break today was a little bit more aware of who was in the resturant and no one sat with their back to the door.  This is why we sit a little deeper in resturants and away from everyone. 


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To reply to the person that made a comment about setting with their backs to the door...Im sure not all four were doing that...But it looked like a very small coffee shop..So Im sure due to seating...at least two of them were...but u cant help the crazy that pull a gun in less than a second..and starting firing...


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A memorial service in Tacoma, Washington for four police officers who were gunned down late last month is underway.

The service was expected to draw more than 20-thousand mourners.


Officers Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards were gunned down in a Parkland coffee shop on November 29th.


All four were members of the Lakewood Police Department.


Maurice Clemmons, the suspect in the shootings, was killed last Tuesday morning after being confronted by police in Seattle.


Clemmons had been paroled from prison in Arkansas and had his sentence commuted by then Governor Mike Huckabee


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