4 police officers killed in Pierce County ambush

Not West Seattle news, but so soon after former West Seattleite Officer Timothy Brenton was murdered here in our city … this is the region’s biggest story today, and we’re noting here in case you had not heard: Someone went into a coffee shop in Lakewood, south of Tacoma, around 8:15 this morning, where four police officers — whose marked cars were outside — were working on their laptops, and shot them all dead. KING5 is streaming investigation coverage; our partners at the Seattle Times have just published an update, including a preliminary description from a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson; there’s also continuing coverage online at the Tacoma-based News-Tribune site. If any official “be on the lookout” bulletin comes out at some point, we will add it here, since so far there is no word of an arrest. According to KING, this hotline’s been set up for tips: 866-977-2362. 12:46 PM UPDATE: No major new information so far. The officers have been identified only as a Lakewood Police patrol team, 3 men, one woman. Among those who have spoken to the media is Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor; a media friend shared with us this link we wanted to pass on: something wrenching and important he published on his website after attending Officer Brenton’s funeral. 1:20 PM: Pierce County’s website is posting its updates in a special box on the home page – here’s the link. 3:24 PM: The Lakewood police union has published a statement that includes information on how to assist the murdered officers’ families.

18 Replies to "4 police officers killed in Pierce County ambush"

  • datamuse November 29, 2009 (11:25 am)

    This happened not far from where I work so I’ve been following the coverage.

    Really awful. :(

  • clark5080 November 29, 2009 (11:40 am)

    This is getting insane a very sad day indeed.

  • Babs November 29, 2009 (11:48 am)

    This gave me chills! OMG…so so sad and so so wrong.

  • Rockergirl November 29, 2009 (12:01 pm)

    I was just there @ Cafe Forza Friday night – usually get coffee there on my way to my in laws house. So sad, praying for all involved

  • KateMcA November 29, 2009 (12:13 pm)

    Oh, this is so terrible. More families without loved ones- it just breaks my heart.

  • Angela November 29, 2009 (12:24 pm)

    I feel for you all from here in Raleigh, NC. I am stunned and watching all the developments. I do hope that this person is found very soon. My heart goes out to your community!

  • Mike D. November 29, 2009 (12:34 pm)

    Gawd help us.

  • miws November 29, 2009 (12:44 pm)

    I’ve been following this on KING 5. It saddens and angers me, especially on the heels of the murder of Ofc. Brenton.



  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man November 29, 2009 (1:44 pm)

    This just turns my stomach. My prayers go out to all the families of the slain officers.


  • Leroniusmonkfish November 29, 2009 (4:29 pm)

    Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said a KING-5 TV helicopter was interfering with “tactical operations” of police investigating the shootings, slowing down the search for suspects. The pilot had been asked to leave and refused, but KING apparently called off the helicopter.


  • jiggers November 29, 2009 (4:36 pm)

    If this doesn’t get the dealth penalty, then we shouldn’t even have one because all it does it makes attorneys rich filing appeal after appeal which cost’s us tax-payers millions of dollars to keep scum alive. This murderer needs to experience a quick death at the hands of the police force. But wait..We are a civilized country were everyone is entitled to a fair trial.

  • Carter November 29, 2009 (4:37 pm)

    This news is absolutely horrid, in so many ways. It makes me sad for humanity. I hope in the fallout we don’t lose yet more of our freedoms . . .

  • me on 28th Ave SW November 29, 2009 (4:44 pm)

    It is hard to articulate how upsetting this is. I’m very sad.

  • WSB November 29, 2009 (4:56 pm)

    Leronius, KING has a short statement at the end of its latest story:

  • Leroniusmonkfish November 29, 2009 (5:14 pm)

    TR – I’m sure the pilot was operating within the current FAA regs as any licensed pilot(s) would. But apparently it was an issue with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Sometimes FAA regulations need to be re-evaluated just like so many other things (Concealed Weapons, etc.) depending on the circumstances. If regulations and laws are set in concrete then we are really living in the past.

  • Jo November 29, 2009 (7:08 pm)

    Leronious: I thought I heard Ed Troyer say that ‘charges are being brought against the KING5 helicopter pilot and KING5.’
    Did you hear that also?

  • Leroniusmonkfish November 29, 2009 (11:29 pm)

    Jo – No, I hadn’t heard about this. I hope my reference to “concrete” rather than “stone” wasn’t taken the wrong way? Concrete is porous just like so many of the laws we have in place…

  • WSB November 29, 2009 (11:36 pm)

    He said they are considering asking for charges. (I heard the interview live as well.) There hasn’t been anything more on that in the subsequent hours, as the investigation and mourning remains the focus (including the most recent development of the person of interest possibly being in Leschi, where a SWAT standoff has ensued) … TR

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