The image below shows a recent photo of Forza Coffee, where four officers were shot dead at about 8:15 a.m., at the corner of a strip mall south of Tacoma. If you swing the image around (click and drag), you can see it's directly across the street from McChord Air Force Base.
The Tacoma News Tribune has the latest updates, including a very rough description of a suspect. "Witnesses described the killer as a black man, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, in his 20s or 30s, with scruffy facial hair and wearing a black coat and blue jeans." the Trib reports. There may have been two gunmen.
UPDATE: Seattlepi.com reports the victims, all officers of the Lakewood Police Department, were three men and one woman.
UPDATE: The Trib reports that Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said, "One of our main concerns right now is we still have some crazy coldblooded killer or killers on the loose."
UPDATE 2:00 PM: Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna has issued this statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the police officers murdered today in Lakewood,” McKenna said. “This outrageous act of violence against our brave protectors is a direct assault on the safety of our entire community. I have directed all of the criminal justice resources of this office, including our Homicide Investigation Tracking System and HITS Unit criminal investigators, be made available to those conducting the investigation into these assassinations. Our prosecutors and investigators stand ready to help bring those who committed this murderous act to justice.”
About the AGO’s HITS unit:
The Washington State Attorney General's Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS) comprises investigators and the HITS database—a software application designed to store crime-related information voluntarily contributed by police and sheriffs’ departments in the Pacific Northwest. The database acts as a central repository for detailed information on violent crimes occurring in Washington and Oregon.