Police and Suspected Gunman in StandoffNovember 30, 2009 - 10:37 AM | by: Dan Springer
Police say they have their suspect surrounded in a house in Seattle about 30 miles from where four police officers were gunned down Sunday morning. Pierce County detective Ed Troyer tells Fox News 37-year old Maurice Clemmons was seen entering his aunt’s house late Sunday night. That led to a police standoff which is still ongoing.
Police have fired tear gas into the house hoping to get the suspect to come out. They’re not sure if he’s dead or alive. It’s believed the gunman was shot by one of the officers as he was struggling to flee the coffee shop. Police say that Clemmons bragged to someone Saturday night that he was going to kill police officers and encouraged the person to watch the news.
Maurice Clemmons has a lengthy police record dating back to when he was 17-years old and living in Arkansas. He was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 60-years in prison. That sentence was commuted by then Governor Mike Huckabee in 2000 after Clemmons had served 11 years. Clemmons was just released from Pierce County jail a week ago. He was awaiting trial on second degree rape of a child. He posted a $150,000 bond. Clemmons was also facing charges of assualting a police officer.
The four murdered officers all worked for the Lakewood police department. All leave behind children. Three were also married. Police do not have a motive for the killings.