2009-12-03 / Local & State

Officer Gunned Down In Wash. State Was Pa. Native

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – One of the four police officers gunned down Sunday morning inside a Washington state coffee shop was a native of eastern Pennsylvania.

Lakewood Sgt. Mark Renninger graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem in 1989. He leaves behind a wife and three children, as well as four brothers and a sister.

His brother, Matt Renninger, released a statement calling the slain officer “a professional, dedicated police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice. More importantly, he was a loving, devoted father, husband and family member and will be missed by many.”

Police say a 37-year-old man with a long rap sheet killed the officers as they did paperwork at a coffee shop about 35 miles from Seattle.

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