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Four Police Officers Shot Dead In Washington Coffee Shop

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Four police officers have been shot dead in an ambush at a coffee shop in Washington state, officials say.

It happened on Sunday morning inside a Forza Coffee Company in Lakewood, about 60 kilometres south of Seattle.

The officers – three men and one woman – were sitting at their laptops when the shooter entered the cafĂ© and opened fire. All were in uniform, wearing vests and had parked their marked cruisers outside.

There were two employees and a number of customers in the shop at the time, but no one else was injured.

Detectives believe the suspect deliberately targeted the officers and the attack was not part of a robbery.

The gunman is believed to have escaped on foot, and a $10,000 (U.S.) reward has been offered for information on his whereabouts.