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Lakewood identifies four slain officers

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm with 16 Comments »
July 14, 2010 11:36 am
Tina Griswold
Tina Griswold

This just released from Lakewood police:

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar publicly identified the four slain police officers after an extensive and very difficult notification process.  “All four of our slain officers had been with this department since it started five years ago.  Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards were police veterans when they started and all have been outstanding professionals. This is a very difficult time for our families and our officers.  The families will have many challenges ahead of them and we ask that their privacy be respected. Please keep our families and Lakewood Police in your prayers.”

Greg Richards
Greg Richards

Sgt. Renninger, 39. He had 13 years of law enforcement experience and is survived by a wife and three children. He worked first with the Tukwila Police Department.

Officer Owens, 37. He had 12 years of law enforcement experience and is survived by a former wife and a daughter. He used to work for the Washington State Patrol.

Officer Griswold, 40. She had 14 years of law enforcement experience. She is survived by her husband and two children. She’s a former Lacey police officer. She was awarded a lifesaving medal in July.

Officer Richards, 42. He had eight years of law enforcement experience and is survived by his wife and three children. He’s a former Kent police officer.

Ronald Owens
Ronald Owens

All joined the Lakewood Police Department as it was forming.

“They are good people. They will be missed,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Mark Renninger
Mark Renninger
Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. tacomastayathomemomsexaminer says:

    I feel awful about what happened today. The officers families are in my prayers this evening.

  2. Editors note: Press release is obscuring Officer Griswold’s photo in the online addition

  3. reallypeople says:

    My heart is sick tonight reading about these children now without one of their parents. My thoughts and prayers go to the families, friends and coworkers.

  4. StraightCash says:

    This is truly as tragic as it gets, words cannot do it justice.

  5. What a sad day. My Heart goes out to the fallen Officers and their families.
    Why does someone have to do something like this? I will never understand why.

  6. meowmeow says:

    We never know when we’ll be taken from this life, but what was perpetrated today was particularly heartbreaking and a staggering outrage. May God be especially close today and in the coming difficult days, weeks, months, and years with the children, wives, former wife, and husband respectively of these 4 fine officers as well as with their wider family, friends, and the greater law enforcement and Parkland/Lakewood communities.

  7. nerktwins says:

    After hearing about the person of interest in this case, I must ask, why are courts letting these creeps out of jail? This guy should already be locked up!
    So should the guy the kidnapped that California girl, now young lady, and had babies with her. Build more jails, keep these guys in! This is tragic, but it is also inexcusable!
    The guy should have never been out among us!
    Let’s all donate something to these fallen officers’ families at Christmas time!

  8. fivecardstud says:

    The lord said “blessed are the peacemakers” I know they are at peace with our Heavenly Father and may the lord be with their loved ones and bring them peace. I am so very sorry.

  9. Shadowsmgc says:

    This story gives me the urge to kill.
    Maurice Clemmons received a 35-year sentence in the early 1990s for armed robbery and theft. His sentence was commuted in May 2000, and he was let out three months later.
    ___ The following March, Clem-mons committed two armed robberies and other crimes and was sentenced to 10 years. You’d think they’d keep him locked up after that, but no: He was paroled last March and is now wanted for aggravated robbery.
    There’s much more to this story.

  10. LMiller6588 says:

    Greatwhite truth, we should put most of the blame on our court system, this guy should NOT have been out of prison. Our liberal courts are to soft.

  11. LMiller 6588 wrote: “Our liberal courts are to(o) soft.”

    UPDATE: Clemmons, described as a person of interest in the fatal shooting today of four Lakewood police officers, was granted clemency in 2004 by Mike Huckabee, then governor of Arkansas.


  12. bluecat14 says:

    Our courts feel justice is being leinent on these creeps. But think of this when our local communities can’t afford to pay for police protection in the community becuase of the sensles spending for rehabilitaion progams and needles for drug users need I go on. Stop coddeling the real criminals, lock them up and vote them out….These officers were just doing thier job and some idiot who should never have been on the street in the first place and has nothing to loose take thier lives. I pray for the survivors of these slain officers thier wives and children.

  13. longclaw says:

    I read though tears for what matter of person would not be moved to tears,We can all point fingers at every body,but the truth falls back on us.We want the cops away from our door and so we push for lighter sentences.We try to not say that certain people are to blame,well we’re right on that.We all have within us the potentiality of those things,but we have a super-ego to stop those things from taking place.I think our better living through better chemistry has not all been good.I see greater harms to day then point in my life.I have lived through a war the lose of many friends that I thought would be here long after my memory was no longer.I can say no more then, God has some very wonderful folks that are being very much missed down here.Can our town rise to the need of these fine peoples families and friends needs in the very near future?I pray we can be there for them and never forget how we feel today.These things can’t keep happening we need to be responsible for our fellow man,no matter what color clothes they wear.

  14. baristas wth guns? sounds good.

  15. meowmeow says:

    With regard to the disproportionate percentage of blacks convicted of murder and other violent crimes vs whites, while it’s true that there may be disparities in the criminal justice system, it’s very much worth noting that there’s a strong association between absence of their fathers while boys are growing up and subsequent criminal activity – and black boys are statistically far more likely to grow up fatherless (though the stats on neither whites nor latinos are anything to brag about either). Men need to be encouraged to live up to their responsibilities and be there for their children, including with appropriate disciplining of them early on. Since so many have grown up with no father in their home or their fathers were poor role models, they might need some assistance in learning how to be a good father – but they can learn if they’ll commit to do so, starting with some parenting classes.

  16. williamrmi says:

    It is obvious from the posted comments that an incident like this brings out some rather bizzare reactions and opinions from people. In other words, it becomes an excuse for every nut bag to beat the drum for their own wierd adjenda. The fact is that neither the courts, blacks, gun rights advocates, gays, coffee lovers, religious zealots, nor self-appointed super heroes were responsible for today’s quadruple homicide. The person who pulled the trigger is responsible. No one else and nothing else. Every other explanation is posturing and supposition. There is no legitimate motive for these murders. There is no collective guilt, just one violent killer.

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