It’s War

29 11 2009

At around 8 am this morning, on the Lord’s day, a black man walked into a coffee shop near Seattle and shot dead four uniformed police officers.

The police are the “thin blue line” separating civilization from sheer anarchy and chaos. We are at war, it’s just that noone has declared one. I’m waiting for our post-racial president to make a statement.

God bless the slain officers. My heart goes out to their families, and to GiovanniWorld member DCG whose home is near Seattle.

~Eowyn

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FOUR LAKEWOOD POLICE OFFICERS SHOT AND KILLED IN ‘AMBUSH’

by KING5.com and Associated Press – November 29, 2009 at 9:41 AMPARKLAND, Wash. – Four Lakewood Police officers were shot and killed Sunday morning in what authorities called a targeted ambush at a coffee shop.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the officers – four male and one female – were in full uniform and wearing bulletproof vests, sitting in Forza coffee shop near 116th Street and Steele Street on the east side of the Air Force base at about 8:30 a.m.

Troyer says the officers were preparing for their shift when a suspect or suspects “walked in with a handgun, opened fire multiple times and then fled the scene,” said Troyer.

Troyer called it an “ambush.” “They had marked police cars, marked uniforms, there were other people inside the facility, they weren’t shot, wounded or hurt or even aimed at, just the police officers were,” said Troyer.

It wasn’t clear whether the 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.

Police are searching for a male suspect and interviewing witnesses. There were two employees and a few customers in the shop at the time of the shooting.

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 with the families of the police officers. “I’m a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me,” he said.

Roads are blocked around the scene. Dave Gabrielson, a clerk at Foot Mart about a block away from the coffee shop, told the News Tribune that 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,” he said.

The baristas who were inside the shop are “stunned and shocked, traumatized,” Troyer said. Troyer said investigators believe the officers were targeted, and it was not a robbery. “We hopefully will have answers, but there is nothing more we can tell you,” Troyer said. “That’s as cold-hearted as it is.”

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said “this is an example of the danger that police officers and deputy sheriffs and state troopers face every day. The person or people who did this not only harmed us they harmed the good that we can do in the community. They harmed the good that we work to do every day in the community. This is an example of the cost that is sometimes paid by people who believe in duty and obligation and sacrifice and people who do that on behalf of the community. We’ve lost people that we care about, we’ve lost people I’m sure the good people in the community care about as well.”

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire issued the following statement about the homicides:

“I am shocked and horrified at the murder of four police officers this morning in Pierce County.  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.  My heart goes out to the family, friends and co-workers of these officers, as well as the entire law enforcement community.  I offer whatever support is needed to the Pierce County Sheriff in their search for the perpetrator of this terrible crime.”

Troyer said there were several active scenes that officers are working. A white pick-up truck was impounded from a parking lot at one scene and a person was taken into custody at another. He said they are looking to see if there is any surveillance cameras that may have caught the suspect on video.

Troyer said the suspect is a black male, 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall, 20s to 30s, scruffy appearance, wearing a black coat with a gray sweatshirt underneath, and blue jeans. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information. Tips can be called in to (253) 591-5959 or 866-977-2362.

Prayer vigil

A prayer vigil for the officers and their families will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Tacoma Champions Centre at 1819 E. 72nd St. in Tacoma. Directions to the Tacoma Campus.

 

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12 responses

29 11 2009
DCG

Don’t hold your breath waiting for The Traitor to comment on this…

Ran into some Kirkland policemen at my office this afternoon (they were chasing some punk kids that were hovering around my office), all are very disturbed by this.

Extra prayers tonight at church for the familiies of the Lakewood police officers that were murdered.

30 11 2009
giovanniworld

Amen!

Gio-

29 11 2009
DCG

The bodies of the policemen were escorted out of the crime scene tonight. Scroll down to the last pic…

http://www.komonews.com/news/photos/78108317.html

30 11 2009
DCG

Unbelievable…the person sought in the slayings has a long criminal history and was granted clemency by Huckabee in Arkansas….Good grief, 13 felony convictions and this POS is allowed to roam free?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010385617_webmansought29.html

30 11 2009
giovanniworld

This explains why Huckabee said he is leaning against running in 2012, when asked over the weekend.

This will surely sink any chances Huckabee thought he may have had.

Gio-

30 11 2009
Eowyn

Yup. This is Huckabee’s Willie Horton.

It is not just about Huck’s political future. How can he live with himself with the lives of four police officers weighing on his conscience?

I saw this written statement H issued on early morning TV:

If Clemmons (the suspect) is responsible, “it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in Arkansas and Washington.”

Hello? “Criminal justice system”? Where’s Huckabee’s own role in granting clemency to this career criminal over the objection of prosecutors? Revolting.

30 11 2009
DCG

About the female police officer that was killed:

Tina was our conservative friend. She was excited to be a part of the Olympia Tea Parties and proudly stated why she got involved in politics over the past year. Tina was sharp too, only a couple mornings ago we had a great discussion on the future of our Republic and how we felt true limited government conservatives should take back out political party. If you wanted any details over the massive government spending she would have them for you.

http://www.lpig.us/

30 11 2009
Eowyn

Words fail. This is sadder than sad….

30 11 2009
giovanniworld

Sounds like a female that all woman could look up to and respect, with the exception of NOW.

Eowyn is correct… so sad.

Gio-

1 12 2009
littlemissmuffin

Police shoot “suspect” and kill him:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091201/ap_on_re_us/us_officers_shot

1 12 2009
Eowyn

Taxpayers are saved millions of dollars in trial, attorneys’ fees, life imprisonment, and endless appeals if he was given a death sentence.

1 12 2009
DCG

Justice is served!!!

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