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WSP mourns loss of 4 Lakewood officers, former trooper

Former Trooper Ronald Owens Former Trooper Ronald Owens

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Monday morning, the Washington State Patrol released a statement regarding the deaths of the four Lakewood Police officers.

Ron Owens, one of the officers killed, had served as a WSP trooper for 7 years before leaving the agency in 2004 to join the Lakewood Police Department.

The following is a statement released by the Washington State Patrol:

The Washington State Patrol mourns the deaths of four city of Lakewood officers killed in what appeared to be a planned ambush yesterday morning.

While we honor the lives and sacrifice of all four officers, the death of Officer Ron Owens hits especially close to home. Owens was a former state trooper, having served our agency from 1997 until he left to join the Lakewood Police Department in 2004.

Owens spent the bulk of his state patrol career in King and Pierce Counties assigned to uniformed patrol. As a trooper-cadet, he spent about 15 months working as part of the patrol's Commercial Vehicle Division at the Plymouth weigh station in eastern Washington.  

"While we have many ranks and honors that we offer for exemplary service, the most coveted honor is to simply be respected by your colleagues as ‘a good troop,'" said State Patrol Chief John Batiste. "Ron Owens was most definitely a good troop."

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