View Full Version : Suspect in Cop Killings Cornered

11-30-2009, 10:58 AM
"We have determined that in fact he has been shot," said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff. "He may be deceased from his gunshot wound."

SEATTLE (Nov. 30) A suspect in the slaying of four police officers who were gunned down in a suburban coffee shop was surrounded by police at a Seattle house early Monday, wounded and possibly dead, police said.
Negotiators were trying to communicate with Maurice Clemmons, 37, using loudspeakers, explosions and even a robot to try to prod him from hiding. At one point, gunshots rang through the neighborhood, about 30 miles from the original crime scene.

Maurice Clemmons, 37, was surrounded by police in a house in Seattle early Monday after authorities identified him as a suspect in the slaying of four police officers in a coffee shop in Parkland, Wash. A police official said Clemmons had been shot and was possibly dead.

Clemmons, who has a long criminal history including a long prison sentence commuted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee nearly a decade ago became the prime target Sunday in the search for the killer of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and Officers Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Greg Richards, 42.

Authorities had speculated early Sunday that the gunman might have been wounded at the coffee shop by one of his victims. Troyer said interviews with others detained in the investigation confirmed that theory.

Police surrounded the house late Sunday, and a negotiator used a loudspeaker early Monday to call him out by name, saying: "Mr. Clemmons, I'd like to get you out of there safely. I can tell you this, we are not going away."