4 officers shot dead in Wash. coffee shop ambush

Slain officers were sitting in the coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington, reading their computers before the start of their shifts


Editor’s Note:

Editor's Note: PoliceOne Columnist Dave Smith says he doesn't like to write when he's angry. Trouble is, that's when he does some of his best work. In an article written just hours after the first reports of this evil act were being reported here and across the Internet, Smith says the media will try to "understand" the murderous miscreant who took the lives of four peacekeepers in a Seattle suburb. It is time to stop "understanding" and start condemning. Be sure to check out Smith's excellent article.

CNN.com

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Four police officers were fatally shot Sunday in what police said was an ambush in a coffee shop near Tacoma, Washington.

The officers were sitting in the coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington, before the start of their shifts, reading on their computers, when the shooting occurred, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer. He told reporters that authorities believe the officers were meeting and going over cases or doing paperwork.

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