Investigators have identified the four officers killed at the Forza coffee shop.
All were Lakewood police officers – three men and a woman. All were in uniform.
Their families have been notified, according to Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. The Lakewood Police Department will be releasing the officers’ names.
These are the first officers killed in the line of duty for Lakewood Police Department, which was created in 2004. The department has 102 commissioned officers, eight community service officers, two animal control officers and 11 civilian support staff.
“This was an execution, no doubt,” Troyer said. “This was a targeted attack.”
The Sheriff’s Department will be the lead investigating agency on the homicides.
Investigators don’t know what kind of weapon was used or how many shots were fired. It’s not known whether any of the officers were able to fire back, Troyer said.
The shooting was reported to 911 at 8:15 a.m. The first arriving officers found the four Lakewood officers dead. Two employees and a few customers were inside at the time, Troyer said. The witnesses are with the Sheriff’s Department investigators. They are in shock and traumatized.
Troyer said if anyone sees police activity, to stay away.
The Sheriff’s Department has not suspect’s vehicle description.