By Lt. Chris Lawler, Lakewood Police Department
The name of the officer that was involved in the shooting incident on 27 Rips Lane, on February 8th, 2011 is Officer Brian Markert. Officer Markert is a 14-year veteran and came to Lakewood PD as a lateral hire in of 2004. Officer Markert is still on paid administrative leave per department policy while the investigation is being concluded. The entire investigation, to include Officer Markert’s statement, will be presented to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney for review.The department will not be releasing details of Officer Markert’s statement until it has been reviewed by the Prosecutor’s Office.