Lakewood elementary school to be named in honor of slain officers

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A new elementary school being built near the Lakewood police headquarters will be named in honor of the four officers who were gunned down at a coffee shop in November, 2009.

The school, slated to open for the 2015-2016 school year, will be named "Four Heroes Elementary" and will be located just off Lakewood Drive near the district’s Auxiliary Services Center, officials with the Clover Park School District announced Wednesday.

Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens were shot and killed by Maurice Clemmons on Nov. 29, 2009 as the four sat at a neighborhood Forza coffee shop. Clemmons was fatally shot by a Seattle police officer two days later.

The district also announced names for two other new elementary schools that will open on the JBLM base later this summer: Meriwether Elementary will begin classes on the base's north side while Rainier Elementary will open near the center of the base.