View Full Version : Accused cop killer had (surprise!) stolen handgun (WA)

12-03-2009, 10:37 AM
Maurice Clemmons, the man authorities are convinced fatally shot four Lakewood, WA police officers Sunday morning in a coffee shop in the Parkland area south of Tacoma, evidently left two handguns at the scene of the crime, one of them (as predicted here yesterday) checked out to have been stolen in Seattle.

That was one of many revelations in court documents filed yesterday against acquaintances of the now-deceased cop-killer, who are facing some major criminal troubles of their own.

The fact that a stolen handgun was left at the scene came as no surprise to gun rights advocates who have long known that people like Maurice Clemmons do not buy guns at retail gun stores, or even at gun shows, despite what gun prohibitionists repeatedly assert.

(The Los Angeles Times published a particularly offensive editorial about this case, blaming firearms instead of the felon who pulled the trigger.)

There was a 9 mm handgun at the scene and one spent 9 mm casing at the scene. The 9 mm handgun was reported stolen from Seattle and is not associated with any of the deceased officers. Pierce County Superior Court document

The handgun in question is a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and it had been fired once. It was recovered from the crime scene Sunday morning by detectives, who also found a .38-caliber revolver apparently left by the killer when he fled.

It had six empty shell cases in the cylinder. The source of both guns needs to be determined, because Clemmons, a convicted felon out on bail for more recent alleged crimes including rape of a child, could not legally possess firearms.

As noted in this space last time, whoever supplied him with those guns needs to be held accountable.