Monday, November 30, 2009

Lakewood Police Officers Killed Over The Weekend By Known Suspect Identified

(Clockwise from top left) Lakewood Police officers Greg Richards, 42,; Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Tina Griswold, 40; and Ronald Owens, 37; are pictured above in this handout released by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department on November 29, 2009.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 30, 2009

Washington -Homicide investigators are searching for a known suspect in the deaths of four Lakewood police officers over the weekend.
On Sunday morning at about 8:15 a.m., the four officers were shot and killed at a Forza coffee shop in Tacoma, a Washington suburb of Parkland.
The gunman escaped and a $15,000 reward for information and arrest has been offered. Police are searching for Maurice Clemmons, 37, in connection with the four Lakewood police officers deaths.
On Monday, a SWAT team went to a Seattle residence where Clemmons was believed hiding, but when police entered the home they found that he had eluded them. An acquaintance of Clemmons told police, Clemmons had said that he wanted to shoot some police officers a day before the four officers were killed.
Investigators are trying to figure out what led Clemmons to ambush, and execute the officers while they drank coffee and logged in to their laptops before startng their shift.
The officers deaths have sent shock waves to other police departments throughout the nation. Numerous police departments are reviewing procedures and talking to officers concerning their safety while they are in public.

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