4 Police officers shot dead in a Lakewood Coffeehouse in an ambush are the center of news reports across the country. According to CNN, a single shooter opened fire inside a Lakewood, WA coffeehouse, killing 4 police officers. At the time of the ambush, the 4 police officers that were shot were inside the coffeehouse working on their laptops. They had marked cars parked outside the coffeehouse. All 4 police officers shot were from the Lakewood, WA police department.
None of the coffeehouse patrons or employees were harmed during this morning’s shooting. The ambush appears to be a targeted attack that was meant to kill police officers. The suspect has fled the scene on foot and is described as an African American male that is wearing a black coat and jeans. He is between 5′ 7″ and 5′ 10″ tall. He is also described as “scruffy.”
As you can imagine, the police departments in and around Lakewood are scrambling to find the shooter that left 4 police officers shot dead. The Lakewood coffeehouse where the attack occurred is near the McChord Air Force base. According to CNN, the base is not on lockdown, although security has been amped up as a precaution.
Given the horrifying nature of the Lakewood coffeehouse ambush, the military has offered services to Lakewood to help them apprehend the suspect that slaughtered 4 innocent police officers. Their service have not been requested at this time.
The Lakewood police department massacre which left 4 police officers shot dead takes place less than a month after the Fort Hood massacre where a rogue soldier shot and killed 13 people and wounded many others. It’s a shame that these massacres even happen at all, and it’s even worse that they take place so close to the holidays.
A massive manhunt is underway for the suspect that left 4 police officers shot. There is currently an award for $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect responsible for this morning’s attack.
Coffeehouse employees and patrons are very shaken by the attack and feel lucky to be alive. The fact that none of the employees or patrons were harmed indicates that the attack was targeted against police officers, although it is uncertain at this time whether the attack was targeted at the 4 police officers shot or just police officers in general.
The police were not on duty at the time of the attack. They are said to have been discussing cases and reading on their laptops waiting for their shifts to begin.