Message from IACP President Michael Carroll

This Thanksgiving holiday weekend was sadly shattered by the tragic, senseless and inhumane ambush and execution of four dedicated Lakewood, Washington police officers:

Sergeant Mark Renninger, Age 39;
Officer Ronald Owens, Age 37;
Officer Tina Griswold, Age 40; and,
Officer Greg Richards, Age 42.

I am truly lost for words in attempting to describe the remorse and sympathies I have for the loved ones left behind by the deceased officers which included a total of nine children.

As I reflect on this wanton and senseless act of violence, I cannot help but think that there is something drastically wrong when a career violent criminal who reportedly had just recently been charged with assaulting a police officer and second degree rape of a child could be set free on a $150,000 bail bond. It is incomprehensible to me and I simply do not know how this situation could ever be rationally explained to the families of these brave men and women.

I know each and every member of the IACP family joins me in extending our sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of Sergeant Renninger and Officers Owens, Griswold and Richards along with Chief Bret Farrar and all the men and women of the Lakewood Police Department.

--IACP President Michael J. Carroll