Fake gun pointed where officers were killed

A woman pointed a plastic assault rifle at a barista and then hit her with it Tuesday at the Parkland coffee shop where four Lakewood officers were shot and killed Nov. 29.

“If we find her, she is going to jail,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said of the woman. “Pointing a gun, even a plastic one, is a felony.”

The barista was not one of the workers at the Forza Coffee Co. shop when the four officers – Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards – were killed.

Still, the incident at the drive-up window frightened the barista, Troyer said.

“She thought she was going to be shot,” he said.

He gave this account:

A woman drove up to the drive-up window at the coffee shop at 11401 Steele St. S. at 4:35 a.m. Loud rap music was playing as the vehicle approached.

“When the girl opened the window, the woman mumbled something and pointed an assault-style rifle at her,” Troyer said. “The girl thought she was going to be shot.”

Then the woman threw the rifle at the girl, hitting her in the chest, before taking off. Workers called 911, and deputies discovered the rifle wasn’t real.

The coffee shop has no security camera images of the woman or the car.

What prompted the incident is anyone’s guess, Troyer said.

“It could have been a robbery,” he said. “When the woman mumbled the girl didn’t understand her and the woman threw the rifle at her in frustration. It could be someone who’s not stable.”

Mike Archbold: 253-597-8692


Reward offered

The woman who assaulted the barista at the coffee shop is described as white, 5 feet 2, 150 to 160 pounds, with blond hair. She was driving a newer, dark blue or black crossover SUV. Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers can remain anonymous. A reward is being offered.