Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Maurice Clemmons killed by Seattle police

From The Seattle Time:
Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning by a Seattle police officer making a routine check of a stolen car.
The shooting occurred about the same time as Pierce County sheriff's detectives took into custody a man believed to have acted as a getaway driver in Sunday's slayings of the Lakewood officers. Police also booked four people into jail on suspicion of providing assistance to Clemmons, said sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.
Several other people also will be taken into custody for helping Clemmons, Troyer said.
Clemmons, who was armed with a handgun taken from one of the officers he is accused of killing, was shot in the 4400 block of South Kenyon Street during a confrontation with a South Precinct patrol officer, police officials said. He refused commands to stop and was shot by the officer about 2:45 a.m., the officials said.
Troyer said Clemmons had an older wound to his stomach believed to be the result of a gunshot fired by one of the Lakewood officers killed Sunday. Troyer said he was surprised Clemmons survived that wound. MORE 
While the death of Clemmons ends the story of the manhunt for him, the story of how this guy slipped through the crack of both the Washington and Arkansas justice systems begins. We will no doubt learn of the various ways dangerous criminals fall though the cracks.  In the process keep in mind this administration’s decision to process dangerous mass murdering terrorist through the same imperfect system.


Anonymous said...

Not only did "dangerous criminal fall though the cracks.", people helped him elude capture. As a result this and of his own choice to not surrender he's dead. I don't understand why people would do this? When people do this why do others look the other way, and not condem these actions? It doesn't seem like the right thing to do. Someone please help me understand the thought process of these individuals.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

The bold assassination (is it melodramatic to call it that?) of four police officers and the fear it sent through the community is going to bite someone in the end.

Clifton B said...


I too cannot understand why anyone would help someone like Clemmons elude capture. Aside from involving yourself in a terrible crime, one really has to have a very broken moral compass to even entertain the thought.

Clifton B said...


count on it!

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