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.
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.