PARKLAND, Wash. - Hundreds of police officers and others lined up yesterday for the reopening of the coffee shop where four officers were shot and killed two weeks ago.
A bagpiper played as the Forza Coffee shop opened its doors at 8:14 a.m., the time Nov. 29 when Maurice Clemmons ambushed Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards.
Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar was the first customer. He hugged patrons who turned out to reclaim the shop from tragedy. Some waited up to three hours in line.
"It's just so heartwarming," Farrar said. "It really pounds home the point as to why we do this. It's a dangerous job, and bad things happen sometimes, but we're out here to support the community, and the community supports us."