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Officer Ronald Wilbur Owens, II | Lakewood Police Department, Washington Lakewood Police Department, Washington

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Ronald Wilbur Owens, II

Lakewood Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 121

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/29/2009

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Officer Ronald Owens, Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, and Officer Greg Richards were shot and killed in an ambush style attack while sitting inside a coffee shop in Parkland.

All four officers had just finished a call and went to the coffee shop to complete paperwork. Sergeant Renninger, Officer Owens and Officer Griswald were seated at a table, and Officer Richards was in line waiting to order coffee. The suspect entered the shop, walked directly over to the table where the three officers were sitting, drew a 9 mm handgun and shot Officer Griswald, killing her. The suspect then shot Sergeant Renninger, killing him.

After shooting the two officers, the suspect’s weapon jammed and he became involved in a physical fight with Officer Owens. During the struggle, the suspect drew a second weapon, a .38 caliber revolver and shot and killed Officer Owens. Officer Richards, hearing the shots, moved toward the suspect and became involved in physical fight with him. During the struggle, Officer Richards was able to shoot the suspect once in the torso, before the suspect was able to gain control of his weapon. The suspect then shot Officer Richards, killing him.

The suspect fled the location, prompting a two day manhunt. He was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer after the officer observed him near a stolen car. The officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, but the suspect refused to follow commands and attempted to flee, prompting the officer to fatally shoot him.

Officer Owens had served with the Lakewood Police Department for five years and had a total of twelve years of law enforcement service. He is survived by his daughter.

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Sergeant Mark Joseph Renninger
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I missed it this year. But I still want to thank you for what you and your Brothers and Sister did to protect and serve on that horrific day. You made me who I am today, and who I inspire to be tomorrow. Thoughts and prayers to Family and Friends. You are never forgotten, and will forever be in our hearts. RIP, Brother.

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December 4, 2013

 

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