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Suspect in Officer Slayings Killed by Seattle Police

The two-day manhunt has ended, with the gunshots of a lone officer.

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(SEATTLE) - Maurice Clemmons, the man suspected of gunning down four police officers in a coffee shop Sunday was shot and killed by a Seattle patrol officer who was investigating a stolen car early Tuesday about 2:45 a.m., a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Four other people were arrested for allegedly helping him elude authorities during a massive two-day manhunt.

Police checked known "hiding spots" while tracking 37-year old Clemmons with information from Pierce County investigators.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the county sheriff told Fox News that a lone officer found Clemmons and shot and killed him in a working-class south Seattle neighborhood.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said, "The officer approached the (stolen) car, then detected movement behind him, recognized the suspect Maurice Clemmons and ordered him to show his hands and stop."

"He wouldn't stop," Pugel said. "The officer fired several rounds, took the person into custody."

The Tacoma suburb where the murders took place is about 35 miles south of Seattle. After shooting four Lakewood police officers, the suspect fled, but not before he was apparently shot in the torso by one of the dying officers.

Clemmons' sister was detained on Monday, believed to have treated the suspect's gunshot wound.

“We believe she drove him up to Seattle and bandaged him up,” Troyer said.

Officials have not released the names of the four people arrested on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance. Police said a network of friends and family gave Clemmons place to stay, medical aid, rides and money.

No known motives have been revealed as to why Clemmons targeted the specific police officers. Investigator Troyer told the Tacoma News-Tribune that Clemmons told a friend the night before the shooting “that he was going to shoot police and watch the news.”

Authorities say they found a handgun on Monday that was carried by the killer, along with a pickup truck belonging to the suspect with blood stains inside.

Earlier this year, Clemmons was charged with assaulting a police officer and raping a child in Washington state, and investigators in the sex case said he was motivated by visions that he was Jesus Christ and that the world was on the verge of the apocalypse. He was released from jail after posting $150,000 bail with the assistance of Jail Sucks Bail Bonds.




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jimmy December 2, 2009 11:31 am (Pacific time)

Here it comes, "ban the gun..ban the gun" Amanda, ever hear of this little nation called Switzerland, where almost every adult male is legally required, read REQUIRED, to possess a gun. Please do not take this opportunity to rail against LEGAL gun ownership. Do you really think that this whackjob would have not had a gun if it was against the law to own one? Any bets on the if the weapon he used was legally obtained?


Mike H. December 2, 2009 2:02 am (Pacific time)

Amanda, this guy was a cop killer. Do you really think that if there was a gun ban he would not have been able to obtain one? If a gun ban is established, all hell will break lose. It would be the next civil war. The right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT be infringed on. Sound familiar?


Amanda December 1, 2009 7:45 pm (Pacific time)

Another tragedy, because this country will not ban firearms.....except for "in the line of duty". Where else in the Western Industrial Nations, are firearms allowed to be carried by every Tom, Dick and Harry.


Anonymous December 1, 2009 4:53 pm (Pacific time)

And there we go again, feel sorry for the suspect and no mercy for the fallen.


12/1/2009 December 1, 2009 2:15 pm (Pacific time)

Oh, well that's just a shame. Justice will be served by brothers of the fallen. Sound familiar? Rest in peace brave officers. And B.I.H Clemmons.


jimmy December 1, 2009 1:32 pm (Pacific time)

Investigation, trial, and punishment all in 72 hours, how could it have ended any other way?

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