According to various breaking news reports, a Forza Coffee Shop in Lakewood Washington was the scene of a horrible shooting this Sunday morning, Nov. 29th. Apparently, four police officers, 3 males and 1 female were fatally shot in ambush style this morning around 8:15 am inside the coffee shop according to a report by foxnews.
The officers had just started a shift and were catching up on paperwork, when a gunman targeting the police officers opened fired stormed in and opened fire.
According to Ed Troyer, a Pierce County Sherriff’s spokesperson, said officers are searching for the lone gunman who fled the scene, although an accomplice has not been ruled out. There could possibly have been a driver waiting for the shooter outside. The scene happened in such a hurry; Officer Troyer was unsure if the victim officers even had time to return fire on the gunman.
All of the officers were employed by the Lakewood Police Department. According to the Fox News article, they are the first officers shot and killed since the Department was formed in 2004.
Evidently, there were only 2 other employees and a couple of customers in the coffee shop, when the officers were targeted. No one else was injured in the attack.
The tragedy was near the McChord Air Force Base, located near Tacoma Washington. The base is currently operating under normal standards and is implementing normal protocol which is checking ID’s.
A Seattle Times source has released a statement that says the officers killed had not received any prior threats before the shootings this morning.
Police officers put their lives on the line every hour they are on duty everyday. What would cause someone to target these innocent officers? It’s anyone’s guess, but there are people out there who hate any type of authority figure. It could also have been someone who had a personal vendetta against one or more of the officers. Who knows? But I’m sure that with time, the suspect will be caught.
Officials are encouraging anyone that may have been in the area and saw something to come forward and let police know. They are doing everything in their power to catch the killer(s).
Crime scene technicians are working the scene at the coffee shop and various video is being viewed from nearby businesses to try to get a look at the suspect who was last seen running on foot from the deadly scene this morning.
Updates will follow I’m sure everyone will be watching and praying for the suspect to be caught and punished.
Let’s remember the families of these officers in our prayers.