Four Police Officers Killed in Ambush in Washington State, November 29, 2009

Information Cutoff Date: November 29, 2009 18:30
NYPD SHIELD intelligence briefs are current as of the information cutoff date. The information is therefore preliminary and subject to further analysis and revision.

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Summary
• At approximately 0815 hours PST a lone gunman entered the Forza coffee shop in Parkland, Washington, and opened fire, killing 4 uniform members of the Lakewood Police Department. • Initial reports pointed to two gunmen, but a Pierce County Sherrif‟s spokesman stated the shooter was a lone black male who fled on foot. • The four officers, 3 men and one woman, were in uniform and wearing bullet-proof vests. • There were no previous threats to the Lakewood PD, and there is no known motive at this time.
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Details
• The four police officers were slain as they sat in a coffee shop in Parkland which is located 40 miles south of Seattle. • Marked police cars were parked outside the coffee shop, indicating that the gunman was targeting law enforcement officers. • Two coffee shop employees and a few customers were in the shop at the time, but none were wounded. • Nearby McChord Air Force Base was put on alert. • The suspect was described as a „scruffy‟ black male, approximately 5‟7‟‟ to 5‟10‟‟ tall and in his 20‟s or 30s. He was wearing a gray jacket over a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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Details
• Police are investigating several “locations of interest” in more than one city. • A truck was impounded, but no link to the shootings was specified. • A police officer in Seattle was shot and killed on Halloween night during a routine traffic stop; a trainee with him was wounded. • The suspect in this attack, a former security guard, was wounded in a shoot out with police and arrested. • A .223 caliber rifle was used in the Seattle shooting.

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Implications for New York
• Police Officers and military personnel are increasingly becoming targets of alienated „lone wolves‟ and those with links to foreign militants. • Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shoot out with the FBI in Detroit in October of this year, was quoted as advising his followers,"Do not carry a pistol if you're going to give it up to police. You give them a bullet!" • Abdullah was a disciple of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin (a.k.a. H. Rap Brown) who is serving a life sentence for shooting two police officers in Georgia in 2000. • In July Daniel Patrick Boyd was arrested in North Carolina and was charged with plotting to attack the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. He was linked to the Afghani Hezb e-Islami terrorist group. • These attacks and plots follow patterns witnessed recently overseas, specifically Pakistan where terrorists attacked a police academy, the Federal Investigative Agency, and a police commando unit on the same day in midOctober.

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SOURCES
CNN, “4 Police Officers Shot Dead in Coffee Shop,” 11/29/2009. BBC News, “US Police „Shot Dead in Ambush‟ in Washington State,” 11/29/2009. NY Daily News, “ Gunman Targets, Shoots, Kills Four Police Officers in Seattle Suburb Coffee Shop,” 11/29/09. Seattle Post Intelligencer, “4 Officers Killed in Pierce County,” 11/29/2009. The News Tribune, “Suspect Description in Multiple Police Shooting Near Parkland,” 11/29/2009.
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Prepared By:

Richard Kaminski Director, Intelligence Analysis NYPD- Counterterrorism Bureau Richard.kaminski@nypd.org

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