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Gunman Kills Four Washington State Officers In Coffee Shop Ambush

November 29, 2009  | 

A gunman shot and killed four patrol officers with the Lakewood (Wash.) Police Department in a coffee shop Sunday, as they worked on laptops, the News-Tribune reports.

At 8:30 a.m., a gunman entered the Forza coffee shop, which is owned by a retired officer, and blasted away, killing the four uniformed officers. Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer called the shooting "an execution, no doubt" and "a targeted attack."

The officers, who were not immediately identified, are the first killed in the line of duty for the department, which was formed in 2004. The shooter has not been located.

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

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Tags: Lakewood (Wash.) PD, Duty Deaths, Officer Involved Shootings, Lakewood Coffeehouse Ambush, Officer Down

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TROOPER @ 11/29/2009 6:29 PM

I wasn't there, so am speculating on the scence conditions, but will say in a situation like that, even if you had you weapon out of its holster and maintaining a firm grip on it, you would be hard pressed to prevent the first shots from the assailant from being fired. Everything after the first shot is reactionary on the part of the victim officers, who were most likely in a seated position anyway, far from ideal in being able to access a weapon.

Even if every one of the officers were in condition yellow, you can't prevent an attack like this by a determined assailant.

God be with all those families who are just beginning a long period of shock, mourning and grief.

policediver16773 @ 11/29/2009 7:27 PM

There is never any easy to way to express sympathy and remorse after an incident like this one, but to the Officers ivolved families take comfort in the fact that they are heroes and were doing what they loved best at the time of their EOW's. May they forever rest in peace, Brother's your watch is over and we'll carry on where you left off. We'll keep watch over your families and loved ones now.

To the members of these Officer's department....you are also in our thoughts and prayers, you are not alone at a time like this as every Blue Heart and Soul shares your grief and feels the pain. Stay strong knowing that every peace officer worldwide is behind you 100%!!!

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