Sunday, November 29, 2009
Four Police Officers Shot To Death Near McChord Air Force Base
Four police officers were shot dead in a targeted ambush at a Lakewood, Wash., state coffee house, a sheriff's official said Sunday.
The attack occurred at Forza Coffee Co., a popular local chain, which is located on a side stree near McChord Air Force Base abot 35 miles south ofTacoma, Washington, about 35 miles south of Seattle.
Officers are searching for one male suspect who opened fire in the shop before he fleed on foot.
Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said the four officers killed — three men and a woman from the Lakewood Police Department — were in uniform and catching up on paperwork at the beginning of their shifts when they were attacked at 8:15 a.m.
This was more of an execution and it is believed that the shooter walked in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers.
Streets around the coffee shop were blocked off late Sunday morning, and a police helicopter hovered over a large crowd of investigators. TV video showed police taking possession of a pickup truck parked in a grocery store in Parkland.
Local authorities are urging anyone with tips related to the suspects to call the Crime Tipline at (253) 591-5959. They are also offering a $10,000 reward for any information on the suspect(s).
My heart goes out to the family, friends and co-workers of these officers, as well as the entire law enforcement community.
I will update this story as I know more.