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Tag: killed in line of duty

Nov.
29th

UPDATED: 3 p.m. update from the scene

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office will be moving the bodies of the four slain officers in the next hour or two. When that occurs, a motorcade of Lakewood police officers will escort the bodies to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Investigators have been clearing buildings in the area and talking to people. One of those locations was Evergreen Self Storage on 112th Street.

“There was somebody in there but it was not the suspect,” Troyer said.

UPDATE: From reporter Scott Fontaine …

Antonio Robinson, who lives in a nearby apartment complex, had a

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Nov.
29th

How to donate to Lakewood police officers’ families

This was posted on the Lakewood Police Independent Guild’s Web site:

This morning a complete coward and threat upon all of society took the lives of four of my Guild members and your sworn protectors in a cold blooded assassination. As I write this I am numb. We were dealt a nasty blow, good men and women I have had the honor of knowing for years are senselessly gone. There is no way to comprehend it, to validate it, or to make sense of any of it. You cannot understand evil like this, as a community we must form

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Nov.
29th

Memorial at gas station near shooting scene

A makeshift memorial for the four fallen Lakewood officers has begun in the parking lot of the 76 gas station food mart, down the street from the Forza coffee shop.

“We love you. Our prayers are with you,” a handwritten sign reads.

Cathy McFadden of Redmond tied black ribbons to a light standard where the sign posted. McFadden is a police explorer for the Redmond Police Department and came to Parkland with her mother, Mari McFadden, to “show respect for police officers.”

The mother and daughter will be handing out the black ribbons to officers.

Nov.
29th

Former Lakewood police chief ‘horrified’ by news

News Tribune reporter Scott Fontaine just talked to former Lakewood Police Chief Larry Saunders. Saunders, who retired as Lakewood’s chief in 2008, is now a solider with I Corps at Fort Lewis.

Saunders was in Canada skiing this morning when he received several calls and e-mails.

“I’m shocked,” said Saunders in a telephone interview. “I’m horrified. I just can’t believe the news.”

On working with the ones killed: “I’m the old guy around there, and I kind of feel like they’re my sons and daughters.”

On the fallen: “They clearly are the very best Washington has to offer. I’m heartbroken over

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Nov.
29th

PLU officials “carefully monitoring the situtation”

From reporter Dave Wickert:

Greg Brewis, executive director of university communication at Pacific Lutheran University, said school officials have been “carefully monitoring the situation.” But the campus – more than a mile and a half from the shooting – is nearly deserted because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We’re in a virtual lockdown because of that holiday break,” Brewis said. “Most of the buildings are locked. And the ones that are accessible, we’re carefully monitoring those buildings.

“When something like this occurs nearby, you’re always on high alert,” Brewis said. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure the campus is

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Nov.
29th

UPDATE: Police activity around 112th and Steele

There is heavy police activity around the intersection of South 112th and Steele streets, reporter Mike Archbold reports.

King County’s Guardian One is circling overhead. Officers are strapping on gear.

UPDATE: A police dog is searching the area. The focus on the activity has been moved to a nearby apartment complex.

Nov.
29th

State AG’s issues statement

State Attorney General Rob McKenna issued this statement on the slaying of four Lakewood police officers:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the police officers murdered today in Lakewood. This outrageous act of violence against our brave protectors is a direct assault on the safety of our entire community. I have directed all of the criminal justice resources of this office, including our Homicide Investigation Tracking System and HITS Unit criminal investigators, be made available to those conducting the investigation into these assassinations. Our prosecutors and investigators stand ready to help bring those who committed this murderous

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Nov.
29th

1:20 p.m update from the scene

There’s still not much new to report.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer estimates hundreds of officers – many off duty – have responded to the scene to lend a hand and their support. Tactical officers from King County and Seattle police are there.

Investigators old three news crews who were in a nearby neighborhood to move along.

Troyer described the crime scene as “horrific.”

UPDATE: Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said his department is offering Lakewood and the Sheriff’s Department “any and all resources that are available.”

Tacoma detectives and SWAT officers are assisting, following up on leads.

“We are offering

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