Monday, November 30, 2009

Man Sought In Connection With Four Lakewood Police Officers Deaths

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 30, 2009

Washington -Lakewood Police homicide investigators are searching for a person of interest in connection with last Sunday's ambush killings of four police officers. They identified Maurice Clemmons, 37, as the suspect wanted for questioning concerning the homicides at a Forza Coffee shop in Parkland.
Four Lakewood officers were at the coffee shop at about 8:15 a.m. before the start of their shift when one or two suspects walked in and began shooting and executing the officers while they were logged to their laptop computers, the Pierce County sheriff's office reported Sunday. They are also involved in the homicide investigation.
One officer struggled with a suspect and managed to discharge his weapon before being fatally shot. The suspect might have been shot before fleeing the scene, investigators confirmed with evidence found at the crime scene.
Two employees and other customers were inside the coffee shop, but none of them were the intended targets, according to the sheriff's office.
The Lakewood Police Department identified the victims as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Officer Ronald Owens, 37; Officer Tina Griswold, 40; and Officer Greg Richards, 42.

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