NY Daily News: Four cops were shot and killed in cold blood Sunday morning while they sat in a coffeehouse in a Seattle suburb by a gunman who escaped on foot.
The three men and one woman - a patrol team with the Lakewood Police Department in Lakewood, Wash. - were fully armed and wearing their uniforms and bulletproof vests as they prepared to go on shift.
The cops were sitting at a table in the Forza Coffee shop with their laptops out doing paperwork when the shooter walked in and began firing at them with a pistol, authorities said.
"This was an execution. These four were targeted," said Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.
"There was two baristas and some other customers in there, none of them were hurt or shot at or aimed at. It was not a robbery."
All four died instantly.
The public information officer for the Lakewood Police Department broke down during an attempt to brief the press at the scene.
Troyer said the reason for the chilling assassination is unknown.
"We have no motive at all. I don't think when we do find out it will make sense," he said.
Their police cruisers were parked out front, visible to anyone approaching.
The coffee shop - part of a regional chain - is owned by retired police officer Brad Carpenter.
The baristas and customers were so traumatized that it was hard to get them to calm down enough to describe what they saw, police said.
The gunman - described as a scruffy, 20-something black man of medium height wearing a black coat, grey hoodie and blue jeans - fled. He was described as armed and dangerous and citizens were urged to take precautions.
A massive manhunt was under way, with reinforcements coming in from Seattle and various surrounding towns.
The coffee shop is in a strip mall right next to McChord Air Force Base, about 40 miles south of Seattle.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said she was "shocked and horrified."
"Our police put their lives on the line every day, and tragedies like this remind us of the risks they continually take to keep our communities safe," she said.
The shooting comes just a month after the Halloween ambush of a Seattle police officer who was shot and killed while sitting in his car, allegedly by Christopher Monfort, a crazed former security guard who took courses in law enforcement.
He allegedly also torched three police cruisers, rigged several bombs hoping to kill cops and left notes threatening all police officers.
Monfort was shot in the head during his arrest Nov. 6 and remains in custody. He is due to be arraigned Tuesday.
Troyer said there appeared to be no connection.
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