PARKLAND, WA (KPLU) – A gunman killed four police officers at a Lakewood/Parkland area coffee shop Sunday morning. A massive manhunt is underway in Pierce County to find the shooter. The shooting happened at 8:15 a.m. at Forza Coffee on Steele Street South, near McChord Air Force Base.
New information from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the four victims as officers with Lakewood Police. Three are male, one female. The four were in full uniform, wearing bullet-proof vests. They were working on their laptops, beginning their day shifts, when the gunman entered the coffee shop and shot them at close range. Sheriffs Office spokesman Ed Troyer described the shooting as “an execution.” No one else at the coffee shop was injured.
Update: Huckabee’s done.
Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing this morning of four Lakewood police officers, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.
Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protests of prosecutors.
MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian police on Sunday hunted for the bombers behind an attack that killed around 25 people on an elite passenger train, while relatives undertook the grim task of identifying bodies.
It remained unclear why attackers had struck the Nevsky Express, a train popular with well-off Russians and foreign tourists, as it ran from Moscow to Saint Petersburg late Friday evening.
“An active investigative and operational effort is under way to identify and find the individuals involved in the crime,” Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for investigators, said on state television.
Markin said forensic experts had returned Sunday morning to the scene of the disaster, a wooded area about 400 kilometres (250 miles) northwest of Moscow, to look for clues.
The chief of Russia’s FSB security service had said earlier that the blast which derailed the train was caused by an improvised explosive device with the force of seven kilograms (15 pounds) of TNT.