Sunday, November 29, 2009
SEATTLE — Four police officers were shot dead in an ambush at a Washington state coffee house, a sheriff's official said Sunday.
The attack occurred east of McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash., about 35 miles south of Tacoma.
Authorities said two suspects entered Forza Coffee Co. and opened fire on the four police officers who were sitting inside, Fox affiliate q13fox.com reported.
Police are now searching for the two suspects, one white male and one black male, q13Fox.com reported. The black male is believed to be between 5'7" and 5'10" tall, wearing a black coat and blue jeans. There are no details on the physical description of the other male suspect.
The officers were going over paper work and drinking coffee before starting their shift when they were killed, q13fox.com reported.
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"It was just a flat out ambush," Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer told The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.
Investigators believe the officers were targeted, and it was not a robbery, Troyer said.
There were other customers in the coffee shop but only the four officers were hit, according to q13Fox.com.
"The four of them are known by everybody here," Troyer said. "We haven't got any information as to why this happened."