Four police officers were murdered in a terrible crime in Pierce County, Washington:
No cheap shots or politicizing this senseless crime. Just keep the officers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Four uniformed police officers were shot and killed in a Pierce County coffee shop Sunday morning as they worked on their laptop computers, authorities said.
Maurice Clemmons - a man with an extensive criminal history in Washington and Arkansas - was named as a person of interest. Investigators believe the shooter targeted the officers; witnesses and coffee shop staff were not injured.
Clemmons - who was still at large as hundreds of people watched a procession taking the slain officers from the scene - was a person of interest because of "past run-ins with law enforcement," Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.
"This was more of an execution," Troyer said. "As cold-hearted as it is, that's exactly what happened."