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  1. Hawghauler

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    Seattle police kill suspect in officer slayings

    [​IMG] Reuters – Maurice Clemmons, 37, a person of interest in the shootings of four Lakewood Department police officers …



    By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Gene Johnson, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago
    SEATTLE – The man suspected of gunning down four police officers in a suburban coffee shop was shot and killed by Seattle police early Tuesday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
    Maurice Clemmons was shot to death in a working-class south Seattle neighborhood after police tracked him down using possible hiding spots supplied by Pierce County investigators, said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the county sheriff.
    Authorities suspect Clemmons, 37, of killing the four Lakewood officers at a coffee shop Sunday morning in Parkland, a Tacoma suburb about 35 miles south of Seattle.
    Police said they aren't sure what prompted Clemmons to shoot the officers as they did paperwork on their laptops. Clemmons was described as increasingly erratic in the past few months and had been arrested earlier this year on charges that he punched a sheriff's deputy in the face.
    At the scene, a couple of dozen police officers milled around, shaking hands and patting each other on the back after one of the largest manhunts in the region's history.
    Clemmons had stayed on the run for nearly two days with help from a network of friends and family who gave him places to stay, medical aid, rides and money, police said. On Monday, officers detained a sister of Clemmons who they think treated the 37-year-old suspect's gunshot wound.
    "We believe she drove him up to Seattle and bandaged him up," Troyer said.
    Police believe people close to Clemmons have misled officers, and Troyer said anyone helping him could face charges. Clemmons' sister wasn't in custody late Monday, and her name wasn't released.
    Authorities said the gunman singled out the Lakewood officers and spared employees and other customers at the coffee shop. He then fled, but not before he was apparently shot in the torso by one of the dying officers.
    Killed were Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and Officers Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Greg Richards, 42.
    Troyer told the Tacoma News-Tribune that Clemmons indicated the night before the shooting "that he was going to shoot police and watch the news."
    Police surrounded a house in a Seattle neighborhood late Sunday following a tip Clemmons had been dropped off there. After an all-night siege, a SWAT team entered the home and found it empty. But police said Clemmons had been there.
    Police frantically chased leads on Monday, searching multiple spots in the Seattle and Tacoma area and at one point cordoning off a park where people thought they saw Clemmons.
    Authorities found a handgun carried by the killer, along with a pickup truck belonging to the suspect with blood stains inside. They posted a $125,000 reward for information leading to Clemmons' arrest and alerted hospitals to be on the lookout for a man seeking treatment for gunshot wounds.
    "We need to get him into custody and we need to end this," Troyer said Monday night.
    Authorities in two states were criticized amid revelations that Clemmons was allowed to walk the streets despite a teenage crime spree in Arkansas that landed him an 108-year prison sentence. He was released early after then-Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted his sentence.
    Huckabee cited Clemmons' youth in granting the request. But Clemmons quickly reverted to his criminal past, violated his parole and was returned to prison. He was released again in 2004.

    "This guy should have never been on the street," said Brian D. Wurts, president of the police union in Lakewood. "Our elected officials need to find out why these people are out."
    Huckabee said on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night that Clemmons was allowed back on the street because prosecutors failed to file paperwork in time.
    Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley, whose office opposed Clemmons' parole in 2000 and 2004, said Huckabee's comments were "red herrings."
    "My word to Mr. Huckabee is man up and own what you did," Jegley said.
    Clemmons was charged in Washington state earlier this year with assaulting a police officer and raping a child, 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.
    But he was released from jail after posting bail with the assistance of Jail Sucks Bail Bonds.
    Documents related to those charges indicate a volatile personality. In one instance, he is accused of gathering his wife and young relatives and forcing them to undress. "The whole time Clemmons kept saying things like trust him, the world is going to end soon, and that he was Jesus," a Pierce County sheriff's report said.
     


  2. Dcav

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    Anyone else cringe hearing the judge that recommended parole for this guy in an earlier crime on tv last night.
     
  3. Big country

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  4. Hawghauler

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    Hey BC, I sprained a finger racing you to the send button. My jaw hurts from grinning. Sounds like this guy has family and friends that are no better.
     
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    Well good news and a cheap trial.
    Bullets make good juror!
     
  6. 30+GSXR

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    What a piece of trash, and his family seems to be no better that he was.

    Killem All
     
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    Be careful you wouldn't want to sprain that trigger finger! :rofl: And I'm on y'alls side the family seems to be drug from the trash pile.
     
  8. Texas42

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    Huckabee gave him clemancy, which isn't a pardon. Basically it allowed the possibility of parole. He was paroled, twice. Once, then again after he violated his parole. Lots of people made a mistake on this one. Huckabee was just one on the list, though this is going to be a political shitstorm for him, . . . . cause there is that election comming up in a few years.

    Looks like Huckabee pardoned or commuted 3 X as many people as any other AR gov. I don't really know or care to speculate why. Seems like a pretty serious risk for him to me.
     
  9. T3hk1w1

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    So much for him. Now just imagine how much money those bullets saved compared to the cost of prosecution and incarceration. And this time, nobody can grant him clemency...
     
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    We all know this guy was the most worthless piece of s**t human being, but what kind of lowlife a**holes give aid and comfort to a child rapist and a murderer? These people may have acted non-violently themselves, but in my book there almost as big of monster's as Mr. Clemmons. The authorities need to throw the book at the people who helped that worthless turd.
     

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