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PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - Police are searching for the gunman who walked into a Parkland coffee shop and shot and killed four Lakewood police officers, three men and a woman, about 8:15 Sunday morning as they sat working on their laptops.
     
Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the attack, inside a Forza Coffee Shop, was clearly targeted at the officers.

"This was clearly targeted at the police, absolutely," said Troyer. "They had marked police cars, marked uniforms. There were other people inside the facility. They weren't shot, wounded, hurt or even aimed at. Just the police officers were."

Troyer also described the killings as "an execution style shooting."

Two employees and other customers were not injured.

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Three male officers and one female officer were killed when the shooter opened fire in this 'Forza' coffee shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


After shooting the four officers, the suspect fled the coffee shop on foot and was seen heading northbound form the Forza Coffee Shop, which is located on a side street near McChord Air Force Base, about 35 miles south of Seattle. (See map of location below story)

Troyer said off duty law enforcement agents from multiple agencies responded to the scene, most of whom have volunteered their time.

At this time authorities believe there was only one gunman, but they have not ruled out the possibility that others may have been involved.

Troyer says the motive is unknown and investigators can't say whether it's related to any other shooting.

The suspect is described as a black male, mid 20s to mid 30s approximately, 5'7" or 5'10", medium build with a scruffy face.  He was wearing blue jeans and a black coat.

Pierce County has set up a tip line and is asking anyone with information to call 866-977-2362.

Sheriff says Parkland shootings example of risks

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor told reporters at the scene that it is "an example of the danger that police officers, sheriff's deputies 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 and the good that we work to do every day," Pastor said.

"This is an example of the cost that is sometimes paid by people who believe in duty, obligation and service and do that on behalf of the community," he said.  "We lost people we care about. We're working to find out who did this and deal with him."

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A prayer vigil for the four slain Lakewood police officers is being held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Champions Centre, a nondenominational Christian church in Tacoma with seating for 3,000.
     
Pastor Sue Kahawaii says the congregation includes Lakewood officers and Pierce County sheriff's deputies. The vigil was suggested by one of the firefighters who responded to the Parkland coffee shop where the four officers were killed Sunday morning.
     
She says the vigil will include guided prayers and give people a place to express grief.

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State aiding probe of Lakewood police shooting

Police are searching for the gunman who
walked into a Parkland coffee shop and shot and killed four
Lakewood police officers _ three men and a woman _ about 8:15 this
morning as they sat working on their laptops.
      Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the attack was
clearly targeted at the officers. They were in uniform with their
cars parked out side.
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