December 22, 2009

Another Police Ambush in Washington State

Here we go again:

Two Pierce County deputies were "basically ambushed" Monday night when responding to a domestic violence call near Eatonville, about an hour south of Seattle, a sheriff's spokesman said.

It was the third apparent police ambush in Western Washington since Oct. 31. Eight deputies or officers were shot in those cases; five fatally. Investigators say the incidents are unrelated.

Police said the latest shooter, identified as David Edward Crable, 35, was shot and killed during the incident, which happened shortly after 9 p.m. in the 34300 block of Tanwax Court East.

One deputy was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was in critical condition Tuesday morning. The other was rushed to Madigan Army Medical Center and was upgraded to serious condition early Tuesday, Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Some of the officers that worked the case of four officers murdered in a coffee shop ambush several weeks ago are also working this crime scene.

In sharp contrast to the coffee shop ambush, however, in this instance the daughter and brother of the shooter apparently risked their lives to drag one of the wounded deputies to safety and begin first aid. Family members and friends of Maurice Clemmons helped him evade law enforcement even after they knew he gunned down officers in cold blood.

Note: I removed the word "Fatal" from the headline. While the suspect that ambushed the officers did in fact die during the attack, the headline could easily have misconstrued as meaning that the law enforcement officers seriously injured in this attack were killed at that time.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 22, 2009 07:18 AM

I'm glad that the guy who tried to murder cops is dead.

Oh oh. Was that out of bounds? Am I going to continue to get death threats?

I think that trying to murder cops or servicemen is out of bounds, but that's just me. I think it's good to stop a deadly threat.

Posted by: brando at December 22, 2009 05:38 PM

Police need to be better trained.

They should have to go through some tactical training Monthly. This includes Awareness training. You never let yourself become distracted from your surroundings. If only one officer had seen the attacker and got his pistol up, they might be alive today. A trip to the Gunsight course should be a part of their training too.

Posted by: Marc at December 24, 2009 12:27 AM