UPDATE (14:20 p.m.): Another barista, a Forza customer and a Pierce County sheriff's deputy testified before the lunch break about their experiences on Nov. 29.
Michelle Chaboya, 20, was working as a barista when the shooting occurred. She had just come on shift and was ringing up officer Richards' order when she heard the front door chime, meaning another customer was coming inside.
She testified that she said, "Hello," without looking up.
Then, "I heard a really loud noise," she said. "I looked up and saw a man with a gun."
Chaboya testified that she and Kispert then ran out the back door and drove to a nearby gas station where they asked the men there if they could use their cell phones to call 911.
She said she and her colleague fled so quickly they left their own phones behind.
As they waited for police, she testified, she saw a man resembling the shooter walking toward a car wash across the street. She didn't see him get into any vehicles – "I looked away; I was terrified" – but seconds later a white pickup sped out of the car wash and eastbound on 112th Street.
"The tires squealed," Chaboya testifed.
Next on the stand was Daniel Jordan, who was in Forza having coffee with his wife, Lola, that morning.
They were leafing through newspapers ads in preparation for some Christmas shopping, testified Jordan, 59, when someone came in the front door.
Under questioning from deputy prosecutor Stephen Penner, Jordan said he took no notice of the man right away.
"What was it that drew your attention to this person?" Penner asked.
"Gunfire," Jordan replied.
He recounted hearing a shot then looking up and seeing the gunman take aim and fire point blank at a police officer.
"He was right in front of their table," Jordan testified.
He said he hustled his wife out the front door, drove about a half a block away and called 911.
Penner played a recording of that call for the jury.
A breathless Jordan is heard on the recording telling a 911 operator what he saw.
"He walked into the business and started shooting at the cops," he said. "He didn't say anything. He just started shooting."
Pierce County sheriff's deputy Jack Ammann was the last witness of the morning. Ammann was working traffic patrol several miles away when he heard a call of cops being shot come over his department radio.
Ammann said he sped to the scene with his lights and sirens activated. He arrived to find other law enforcement on the scene already.
The deputy testified that he could see through the window the Lakewood officers on the floor inside. He couldn't see the baristas, though, so he went inside to check.
Deputy prosecutor Kevin McCann asked him if he tried to render medical aid to the downed officers.
"No," Ammann said.
"Why not?" McCann said.
"I'd seen dead people before, and I knew that they were dead," said Ammann, a 29-year veteran who choked up at times during his testimony.
He recounted flipping through a wallet he found on the floor of the coffee shop "hoping to get lucky" that it belonged to the shooter. It belonged to Richards, however.
Ammann said he then received orders to set up a roadblock at 116th and Steele.
It was there that a witness later approached him and told him that she'd seen a white pickup speed past her home shortly after the shootings, he testified.
Prosecutors contend that pickup was being driving by Dorcus Allen and that Maurice Clemmons was in the passenger seat.
Opening statements were delivered and witnesses started testifying this morning in the first trial connected to the killing of four Lakewood police officers in November.
The killer's sister, Latanya Clemmons, is on trial for four counts of rendering criminal assistance. Prosecutors alleged she provided aid to Maurice Clemmons' getaway driver after the Nov. 29 shooting inside the Parkland Forza Coffee Co. shop.
Latanya Clemmons attorney contends that her client did not know that the alleged driver, Dorcus Allen, was wanted by police when she gave him money for a motel room and bus fare in the days after the shooting.
After the opening statements, the first witness called by prosecutors was Kim Renninger, the widow of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger. She testified about learning of her husband's death and awaiting word about a suspect. She testified about being frightened while the shooter was still on the loose and about being relieved when she learned he had been killed. (Seattle police officer Benjamin Kelly fatally shot Clemmons on a residential Seattle street less than 48 hours after the officers were killed.)
"Because I knew nobody else was going to be hurt or killed by his hands," Renninger said.
Prosecutors also called the 16-year-old daughter of slain officer Greg Richards. Jamie Richards testified about learning of her father's death.
"My mom kept calling my dad's cell phone and when he didn't answer, we knew it was him," Richards testified.
Also killed inside the coffee shop were officers Tina Griswold and Ronald Owens.
A barista inside the coffee shop also testified about what she witnessed inside the shop the morning of Nov. 29. Sara Kispert talked about how the officers came in, as they regularly did on Sunday mornings. She recounted what they ordered.
She said a man then walked into the shop, walked over to the officers' table and started shooting.
Kispert said she and a colleague then ran out the back and drove to a nearby gas station to call 911. She said she saw a man who looked like the shooter walk to a truck parked at a car wash across the street from the gas station and get in the passenger side. The truck then sped away, she said.
Testimony is expected to continue throughout the day. News Tribune courts reporter Adam Lynn is in the courtroom and will provide updates later.