Sunday, November 29, 2009

Please Pray for the Lakewood Police Department

Around 8:15am this morning a man walked into our local Forza coffee shop and opened fire on 4 officers having coffee and starting their shift. The man walked in and targeted the 4 cops, after shooting them he walked out not aiming at the baristas or the other shoppers. I'm very sad to say all 4 officers (3 male and 1 female) were killed. Please say a prayer for their families and or small police department that has lost 4 of their family members.

Rick and his buddy from work were able to ask their work Top Foods to donate sandwiches for the command center and all the officers that were called in to help along with a flower arrangement for the memorial site. Rick is working with Red Cross right now for a spaghetti dinner for tomorrow, I'm not sure if we'll
be making it or if we will be donating some of the products. Thank you again for your prayers and thoughts for this amazing people that put their lives on the line to protect us daily. It is a shame that we lost 4 of these great people!
Our local news station had this posted:

by and Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Updated today at 8:22 PM

PARKLAND, Wash. - A person of interest has been identified in the killings of four Lakewood police officers.
Pierce county sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said they are looking for Maurice Clemmons, 37.
Troyer said Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft. He has also recently been arrested and charged in Pierce County for assault on a police officer and for rape of a child.

Troyer said Clemmons is one of several people investigators would like to talk to and can't be called a suspect at this point.

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar identified the officers who were killed as Sergeant Mark Renninger, and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards.

Renninger, 39, has 13 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Owen, 37, has 12 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his former wife and a daughter.

Griswold, 40, has 14 years of law enforcement experience. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Richards, 42, has eight years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Four Lakewood officers slain


  1. I saw this on the news. How horrifying that is was so close to you.

    Goat hugs.

  2. How terrible! These men and women know they are putting their lives on the line for us every day, but no one could ever train for or defend themselves in an execution like this. I'll be praying for them, their families, and the community.

  3. I was so sad to hear of this on the news. Praying for the families and community where they served.

  4. Makes me so sad. So afraid that 'bad guys' are out executing cops now more and more. I hope they catch him. I really pray for the families of the officers that their pain is not to unbearable.

  5. This is such a horrible tragedy. I saw it on the news but had no idea you lived nearby.

  6. How aweful! It's so hard to read about anything like this. It really hit me to read 'survived by...' and then see they all had children. They will all be in my prayers :-)

  7. I heard this on the news last night. My heart goes out to all the families that have been devastated by this senseless tragedy. My prayers go out to their families and you. Be safe.

  8. I started praying last night when I saw this on another blog. It is so sad. My prayers are with their families. There is never a right time to die but the holidays make it even worse. May God give comfort and strength to their loved ones.

  9. Oh my that is so sad. My prayers are with the families.

  10. This was a sad story. I am not happy with what happen my thoughts are with all of those families. That was nice of your husband's company to step in.

  11. Oh, Alexis, what a horrible thing to happen in your community! The brave men and women who put their lives on the line for the rest of us deserve our respect and devotion, not to be gunned down for no reason while having coffee before their shift.
    When I read your post, I knew you and Rick would be the first to jump in and help. You are a wonderful family.
    My prayers are with the officers families and your community.
    {{{Hugs}}} Lorie

  12. My heart goes out to these families along with prayers!

  13. I am truly sorry you community has had to cope with such a loss and the fear you must all feel. My heart and prayers go out to these families, and for the rest of you in the community dealing with the unknown.

  14. I am so terribly sorry to hear this!!! I will pray for the families.

  15. I totally missed this. That's terrible. I'll say a little prayer for them.


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