The coffee shop is right on the edge of McChord Air Force Base (see map). The coffee shop in Tacoma is only 3 miles from the Lakewood Police Department, a 7 minute drive. Lakewood is a separate city adjacent to Tacoma.
Per witness reports, the punk escaped on foot. He is described as a black man with scruffy facial hair, in his 20's or 30's, 5'7" to 5'10", wearing a black coat and blue jeans.
There is a $10,000 reward offered for information that leads to the killer. Call the Lakewood Police if you have any information about this crime: (253) 830-5000. You may also email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.If you live in the area, keep your eyes open for someone matching the above description.
Discussion: Since the sole perpetrator was a young man, I am wondering about his motives. There was no apparent motive for the attack; the perp seemed to just want to kill cops in general. Some possibilities: he was undergoing a gang initiation; he was just plain nuts, or he was a Muslim terrorist. Was he really an American black man, as witnesses have described him, or was he of middle eastern descent?
The only Muslim organization I can find nearby is just ten miles from the coffee shop. This is not to imply any connection, but the possibility of a connection ought to be on any police short list. Could this have been a Fort Hood copycat crime? The crime was committed right next to a U.S. air base -- could the perp have been a terrorist looking for military personnel to kill, and finding none, decided on the police officers instead?
Photo: Police investigating the crime at Forza's in Tacoma, Washington.