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UPDATED: 5 p.m. update from the scene

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
July 14, 2010 11:36 am

New information released from Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said:

The gunman walked into Forza, past the officers and up to the counter as if he was going to place an order. He opened up his coat. The barista turned and ran.

The gunman then turned around and opened fire on the officers.

About 250 tips have come in on the case.

The four officers had previously worked for other agencies. One of the four had worked for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

The reward has been increased to $100,000. The FBI has added money to the reward fund.

The Sheriff’s Department has arrested one man on suspicion of obstruction of justice. He is believed to be the man who called 911 to report he was the gunman, Troyer said. Investigators do not believe he is.

UPDATE: Humberto Navarrete was standing in the nearby AM/PM this morning, buying cigarettes, when two baristas from Forza came inside.

They were crying and shaking. Navarrete gave the young women his cell phone so they could call 911, then their families.

The baristas relayed to Navarrete and store manager Tabatha Clark what happened inside the coffee shop. The gunman came in and walked past where four officers were working.

One of the baristas asked the man if he wanted anything. The man said nothing. He lifted his jacket, where a gun was and turned toward the officers.

The two baristas ran out the store, got into their car and drove to the convenience store.

Investigators latter came to the convenience store and took the baristas into a the back of the car.

“It’s scary, terrifying, it’s horrible,” Clark said.

UPDATE No. 2: Serena Roy of Lakewood stopped by the Lakewood Police Department headquarters this afternoon.

“They are very important to the community. They protect us. They are always there, looking out for us day and night.”

Bruce and Joni Douglass are standing along 112th Street, waiting for the bodies of the four slain officers to be removed from the coffee shop and taken to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“It makes you sick to your stomach,” Jonie Douglass said.

“This is a great sentiment,” Bruce Douglass said. “Officers don’t get enough respect.”

There are two ladders trucks – their ladders fully extended to make an arch, an American flag flying below them – in place for the procession.

Oscar Gonzalez and wife, Mani, showed up at the Steele Street scene from their Puyallup-area home to show respect for the fallen officers.

“I think it was terrible,” Gonzalez said. “I hope most of this support is not just coming here to see what is going on.”

Danee Behm lived in Lakewood for 10 years and now lives in Spanaway. She stopped by the Lakewood Police headquarters with candles and cards that her young nieces drew.

“The police are very important, especially to this city,” Behm said. “We are very lucky to have them. They do their jobs very well.”

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