If you live in Seattle, you have heard the news of policeman Timothy Brenton being murdered on Halloween night. (You can read about it the Seattle Times.)
In a random, ruthless, drive-by shooting the 39-year old officer was killed and the student officer who was with him was wounded.
This kind of horrible violence is completely senseless, and has no place in a civilized society.
And in fact it is relatively rare in Seattle – the last time a police officer was shot in the line of duty was in 1994.
Timothy Brenton was a dedicated husband and father of two, and today our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.