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    4 police officers shot dead at Wash. coffeehouse

    By GENE JOHNSON (AP) 4 minutes ago

    PARKLAND, Wash. A gunman burst into a coffeehouse Sunday and opened fire on four police officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman in what an official described as a targeted ambush.

    Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said officers were looking for one male suspect who fled the scene and haven't ruled out an accomplice, possibly a getaway driver.

    Troyer said investigators had spoken to a person in nearby Tacoma, who gave information that led them to believe the gunman was on foot and still near the coffee shop. Troyer would not given any details nor characterize that person in any way, but said the information led officers to carefully search buildings close by.

    It wasn't clear whether the slain officers even had time to draw their weapons to return fire, Troyer said.

    "This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers," Troyer said.

    Troyer said the officers all from the Lakewood Police Department were catching up on paperwork at the beginning of their shifts when they were attacked at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

    Troyer said the attack was clearly targeted at the officers, not a robbery gone bad.

    "There were marked patrol cars outside and they were all in uniform," Troyer said.

    With no known suspects, there was no indication of any connection with the Halloween night shooting of a Seattle police officer. The suspect in that shooting remains hospitalized.

    "We won't know if it's a copycat effect or what it was until we get the case solved," Troyer said. "We don't even have a suspect ID right now."

    Troyer would not release the names of the victims in Sunday's shooting. He said Lakewood has a small police force and the deaths represent a loss of 10 percent to 15 percent of the department.

    Troyer estimated that a couple of hundred officers from the Washington State Patrol and multiple surrounding police agencies in the area were at the crime scene, with some coming on their own time.

    "We have no motive at all," Troyer said. "I don't think when we find out what it is, it will be anything that makes any sense or be worth it."

    Two employees and a few other customers were in the shop during the attack. All are being interviewed by the Pierce County Sheriff's investigators.

    "Some are in shock. They are very upset," Troyer said. "They are the ones who are going to put together for us how this happened."

    The Forza Coffee Shop, part of a popular local chain, is on a side street near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, about 35 miles south of Seattle. The shop is in a small retail center alongside two restaurants, a cigar store and a nail salon.

    Brad Carpenter, founder and owner of Forza Coffee, said his staff was OK and being interviewed by police, and that his main concern was for the families of the police officers.

    "I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," said Carpenter, of nearby Gig Harbor.

    Troyer said the Lakewood officers were two blocks outside their jurisdiction, and the coffee shop was a popular place for officers from surrounding jurisdictions to meet and share information.

    Streets around the coffee shop were blocked off late Sunday morning, and a police helicopter hovered over a large crowd of investigators. TV video showed police taking possession of a pickup truck parked in a grocery store in Parkland.

    "We are looking at some people. We are looking at some cars. We are looking at some residences," Troyer said.

    Troyer said investigators were checking surveillance video from multiple sources, trying to identify a possible getaway car.

    Dave Gabrielson, a clerk at Foot Mart about a block away from the coffee shop, told the newspaper all was quiet when he opened the store at 8 a.m. About 30 minutes later, "All of a sudden a million cops were zooming up and down the road," Gabrielson said.

    He said he saw officers bring a police dog into a nearby apartment complex.

    Last month, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed Halloween night as he was sitting in a cruiser with trainee Britt Sweeney. Sweeney was grazed in the neck.

    Authorities say the man charged with that shooting also firebombed four police vehicles in October as part of a "one-man war" against law enforcement. Christopher Monfort, 41, was arrested after being wounded in a firefight with police days after the Seattle shooting. He remains hospitalized in stable condition, the hospital said Sunday.

    The officers killed Sunday were a patrol squad made up of three officers and their sergeant. No threats had been made against them or other officers in the region, sheriff's officials said. Their families have been notified.

    "We lost people we care about. We're working to find out who did this and deal with him." Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor told reporters at the scene.

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said she was "shocked and horrified" by the killings.

    "Our police put their lives on the line every day, and tragedies like this remind us of the risks they continually take to keep our communities safe," she said in a written statement. "My heart goes out to the family, friends and co-workers of these officers, as well as the entire law enforcement community."

    At Rollies Tavern near the coffee house, the plasma TVs usually tuned to football had Northwest Cable News on. Three bar patrons live next door to the coffee house.

    Jerry Arnold, 45, was in bed when he was awakened by sirens. He's lived there seven years and never seen anything close to Sunday's scene.

    "I hope they get them. I can't sleep until they do," he said. "Those guys could be hiding in my backyard."
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    Four US police officers shot dead in Washington state



    Four uniformed police officers drinking coffee before their shift began in a restaurant in Washington state on Sunday morning were shot dead by a lone gunman in what has been described as an execution-style ambush.

    The officers three men and a woman, all from the local police force in Lakewood, about 35 miles south of Seattle were preparing paperwork for their morning duties and working on laptops at the Forza coffee shop. At about 8.15am a man dressed in a black coat and blue jeans walked into the shop and opened fire on them using a handgun. He escaped on foot.

    Scores of police officers descended on the area, searching for their colleagues' killer. A helicopter and dog teams were used to scour houses, parking areas and open spaces, but no one was found.

    "I have never seen this many scramble to a particular spot, ever," said David Gabrielson, 27, a clerk at a petrol station near the coffee shop.

    Investigators were baffled by the killings and the absence of a motive. There were no indications that any of the officers had received previous threats.

    Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the sheriff of the local Pierce county, said there was every indication the victims had been specifically targeted. There were marked patrol cars outside the shop and they were all in uniform.

    "It's carnage out front everywhere," Troyer said, describing the front of the coffee shop. "It's like a bad horror movie. It's horrible." The officers were in uniform, including bulletproof vests, Troyer said. It was unclear whether they drew their guns and fired them. "This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers. As cold-hearted as it is, that's exactly what happened," he told local TV.

    Police questioned two coffee shop staff and a few customers who were in the shop at the time of the shootings. Though none of them were physically hurt they were described as stunned.

    "As you can imagine, they are traumatised, they are in shock," said Troyer.

    Police will be seeking to rule out any link between Sunday's murders and the death of police officer Timothy Brenton in Seattle last month. Brenton was shot as he was sitting in a police vehicle on the night of Halloween.

    A suspect in that killing, Christopher Monfort, has been connected to a string of arson attacks on four police vehicles which has been described by prosecutors as a "one-man war against law enforcement".

    Monfort was shot during a skirmish with police as they were trying to question him in his house, and is still recovering under police guard in hospital. "We don't know if this is related to other shootings around the country or the one in Seattle," Troyer said. "It could be because someone saw this happening around the country and got himself ramped up."

    The Forza coffee shop is owned by a former police officer, Brad Carpenter. "I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," he said. A $10,000 reward was offered for information about the killings.
    Four US police officers shot dead in Washington state | World news | guardian.co.uk

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