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Community Honors Ambushed WA Officers with Food Drive, Blood Drive, Flag Raising

On Thursday, community members in Lakewood, WA, marked the nine-year anniversary of the ambush murder of four of their police officers—Officers Mark Renninger, Greg Richards, Tina Griswold, and Ronald Owens.

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CA Chief: Officers were Saved from Mass Murder when Man's Rifle Jammed

A man wearing body armor pointed a semi-auto rifle at two police officers in a California Starbucks, only to have the weapon malfunction before he fled and was shot by the officers nearby, police said Monday.

GPS Monitoring Does Not Prevent Parolees from Committing Crimes

Statistically, GPS monitoring is promising. But that's little comfort to the families of four Lakewood, Wash., police officers killed by an ex-con who took off his GPS in a bid to ambush cops.

Sister of Lakewood Four Killer Leaves Prison Early

The sister of the man who killed four Lakewood (Wash.) Police officers and who helped her brother elude capture was released from prison early on Monday. LaTanya Clemmons served more than two years of a five-year sentence relating to the November 2009 manhunt.

Lakewood Cop Accused of Stealing From Fund of Fallen Four

A Lakewood (Wash.) Police officer allegedly embezzled about $150,000 intended for the families of the four officers killed in a coffeehouse shootout in 2009, spending some of the money on a Las Vegas trip and REI shopping spree.

Shots Fired: Seattle, Washington 11/30/2009

On Saturday Nov. 29, 2009, Seattle patrol officer Benjamin Kelly learned about the murders of four Lakewood, Wash., officers. From the time he got up, Kelly kept tabs on the investigation's progress and by nightfall had learned that one Maurice Clemmons was the prime suspect.

Face to Face with the Lakewood Cop Killer

Officer Ben Kelly of the Seattle Police Department was picked as NLEOMF's Officer of the Month (March 2010) for finding and engaging the man who murdered four Lakewood (Wash.) PD officers at a coffee shop. POLICE Editor David Griffith sat down with him during National Police Week in May.

Is Law Enforcement Entering a Deadly New Era?

The spike in duty deaths has occurred despite the many advancements in police training, equipment (particularly protective armor), and emergency medical trauma care. What does appear to be occurring is more and more criminals are showing an increasing willingness to engage police in armed confrontations.

Lakewood Police Dedicate Memorial

One year after a gunman murdered four Lakewood (Wash.) PD officers at a Seattle-area coffeehouse, two memorials have been dedicated in their honor at the coffee shop and the police station. Watch this KING 5 News report on the station dedication.

Memorials Honor Four Fallen Lakewood Officers

A Lakewood PD sergeant describes the memorials dedicated to his fallen colleagues a year after they were murdered by Maurice Clemmons at Forza Coffee.