Four police officers were killed in what is being called an ambush in Parkland, Washington near Tacoma, and about 40 miles from Seattle. The location of the shooting is said to be on the east side of McChord Air Force Base. Roads are closed into the area and air space for the scene has been shut down. Police are calling the murders "a targeted attack." See updated post here.
The killings happened at The Forza Coffee Shop at 11401 Steele St. South in Tacoma (or Parkland???). What is not clear is the connection of Forza to McChord Air Force Base. MSNBC is reporting that Forza is "near" McChord. Okay, just this moment FOX News is showing a graphic of Forza just outside the eastern border of McChord.
Officials at the scene are saying that two men, described and a white male and a black male, burst into Forza and shot "the four uniformed officers." The suspects got away. There is a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of suspects, according to KOMONews.
This from FOX News:
"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."
The names of the downed officers have not been released. Updates as available.