Shots Fired, Cop-Killer May Be Dead

Clemmons believed to be holed up in Seattle home
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2009 4:56 AM CST
Shots Fired, Cop-Killer May Be Dead
Maurice Clemmons, 37, is the suspect in the shooting death of four police officers in a Washington cafe.   (AP Photo/Pierce County Sheriff's Department)

Shots were fired today as police surrounded a Seattle home where a suspected cop-killer was holed up and officials say he may be wounded or dead. Police used loudspeakers and explosions in a bid to flush out Maurice Clemmons, 37, who investigators believe shot dead four officers at a cafe yesterday. "Mr. Clemmons, I'd like to get you out of there safely," an officer said through a loudspeaker. "I can tell you this, we are not going away."

Clemmons' response, if any, could not be widely heard, but shortly after police apparently set off explosions, reports AP. "This is one of the toughest decisions you'll make in your life, but you need to man up," the officer said then with a loudspeaker. Shots rang out shortly after, apparently fired by police. Clemmons' 95-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery was commuted in Arkansas nearly a decade ago by then Gov. Mike Huckabee. Clemmons has a history of violence. The motive for the killings is not known.
(Read more Mike Huckabee stories.)

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