Multiple Attacks on Police Officers in Washington

by Scott on December 1, 2009

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

The last several months have had unprecedented, cold-blooded attacks on police officers in the state of Washington. The Lakewood attack has been all over the news lately but the drive by shooting of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton combined with the bombing of Seattle police cars did not get much national exposure until highlighted in the context of recent events. More details about those incidents and donation information for their families below.

The year as a whole has had more multi-officer murders than any year I can remember. Oakland lost four officers in March. Pittsburgh lost three officers two weeks later, and now Lakewood loses four.

Lessons must be learned from these incidents to help prevent them in the future. Dean Scoville has written the best analysis of the Oakland tragedy that I can recommend. I haven’t found any detailed analysis published about the Pittsburgh Tragedy. If anyone knows of one, please post it in the comments.

Murder of Lakewood Police Officers


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the four slain Lakewood Police Officers: Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Gregory Richards, Sgt. Mark Renninger, and Officer Ronald Owens. The Seattle Times did a nice biography on each of them.

Police One has a good page with ongoing coverage on the attack and search for their murderer.

Update: Maurice Clemmons, the Lakewood Officers killer, was shot and killed by Seattle Police early this morning.

Other Notable Articles about the Lakewood Attack

Ambush in Lakewood: God bless these fallen peacekeepers by Lt. Dan Marcou
1970s Trend of Assassinating Cops Returning? by Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith

Donation Information for Lakewood Officers

Please visit the Lakewood Police Independent Guild Website to donate to the fallen officers family fund.

Murder of Seattle Police Officer


Our thoughts and prayers also go out the family of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton who was murdered on Oct 31st sitting in his squad car when a vehicle pulled up next to the squad and began firing a rifle at the officers inside. The bullets grazed Officer Britt Sweeney who was in field training and struck Officer Brenton, the FTO, in his head and killed him. The vehicle sped off and Officer Sweeney fired several times at the vehicle, hitting it at least once.

Seattle Homicide detectives later captured Brenton’s killer, Christopher Monfort, after receiving a tip. When they confronted him, he attempted to shoot a detective but his gun malfunctioned. Detectives fired on Monfort striking him but not killing him.

Memorial Fund for Officer Brenton’s Family

Officer Brenton left behind a wife and two children, an 11 year old daughter and an 8 year old son. A family assistance fund was established at Bank of America. Seattle PD states that contributions can be dropped off at any Bank of America branch under the name Brenton Family Assistance Fund. I’m not sure if that is just in Seattle branches or nationwide.

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Fred Leland December 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for posting guys. It’s been a bad year for multiple cops being killed or injured. My understaning is there is a new study about to be released (this month i believe) on the lessons learned of the Oakland shootings and here is another one that took place in New Jersey in July five cops injured and Detective Marc DiNardo dying from the wounds he suffered five days later

I have some info on the Pittsburg shooting i will send to you private email.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these cops from Lakewood and all cops who have served and have paid the ultimate price.

Tom December 3, 2009 at 12:54 am

If there is any lesson to be learned by all this tragedy it’s that we can NEVER be in “condition white” while we are out there. How we balance not treating every person we meet as a homicidal maniac and being complacent is something we all have to comtemplate.

Always be thinking “what will I do if this person tries to kill me.”

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