What could be safer than a coffee shop at 8:15 in the morning on a
Sunday day shift? Throw in the fact that there are four of you, in
uniform and armed.
It was November 29, 2009 and this exact scenario played out for four
members of the Lakewood Police Department in Washington State.
Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens, Officer Tina Griswold, and
Officer Greg Richards were sitting in the Forza Coffee Company Shop
while working on paperwork on their laptop computers.
Outside, Maurice Clemmons was driving by when he noticed the four patrol
cars in the parking lot. Clemmons had been boasting to friends
about his plan to kill police officers during the previous weeks.
Upon seeing the patrol units, he parked his car and walked up to the
At approximately 8:15 a.m., Maurice Clemmons entered the coffee shop and
pulled out a 9 mm Glock 17. He, then, proceeded to execute each of
He was later shot and killed by police after attempting another ambush.
While this may have been the the largest loss of life from an ambush on
police, it was far from the only incident.
In recent years there has been a sharp increase in ambush attacks on
Below is a video from PoliceOne.com which does an excellent job bringing
this issue to light. It is a perfect training piece for a Roll
Call training block and discussion.