The mound of remembrances continues to grow at the Lakewood Police Station.
By 7 p.m. tonight, the flowers, balloons, candles, stuffed animals, wreaths and other tributes wrapped around the southwest corner of the Lakewood Police Station, where police had blocked off the entrance.
Hundreds of people, both Lakewood residents and non-residents, visited the site throughout today. In a sign of solidarity that only tragedy can bring, people of all ages, ethnicities and income levels stopped to pay tribute to the fallen officers.
Jordan Bailey, a Washington State Patrol trooper, took his family to the site despite the mist that began fall. He said the shooting of four Lakewood officers Sunday exemplifies how police risk their lives every time they go to work.
“People, truly deep down, have a passion for law enforcement and what we go through,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the scene of the shooting in Parkland, police opened Steele Street South from 112th and 116th around 6 p.m. tonight. The television news vans that were camped at a nearby gas station moved closer to the crime scene.
Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the incident command post has been moved to the Emergency Operations Center on 38th Street in Tacoma.