A gunman burst into a Parkland, Washington coffeehouse Sunday, November 29th, 2009 and opened fire on four police officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman in what an official described as a targeted ambush. Monday, Seattle police are chasing reports of suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons after the house they had surrounded overnight turned up empty. A murder warrant has been issued for Clemmons, the man suspected of killing the four Lakewood police officers, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Created by seatimes on Nov 30, 2009
Last updated: 03/11/10 at 09:38 PM
Seattle police and Pierce Co. sheriffs brief the media on the shooting of Maurice Clemmons, suspected of killing four Lakewood Police officers on Sunday.
Video from the scene of where the police shooting suspect was shot and killed Tuesday morning.
Extended audio excerpt of police scanner conversation.
Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning.
Raw video from the scene where cop killer suspect Clemmons shot, killed by police
Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning.
A car was reported stolen from the 4800 block of S Chicago Street before 1 a.m. A Seattle Police officer found the car running with the hood open on S Kenyon Street about two hours later. As the officer confirmed the car was stolen and was preparing paperwork, police said, Maurice Clemmons approached the officer's vehicle. He was eventually shot and killed after refusing commands to stop, police said.
Police blockade and activity at Renton Ave. S. and S.130th St., via @dlboardman
At 2 p.m., officers were just leaving Cowen Park in Ravenna, where a trail of fresh blood had been reported about noon.
Bloody gauze found here Monday. 'Employees at RDA building told to stay in building. Police bullhorn "Get away from the building!"'@dlboardman
Police question, search and then release a man in the 800 block of Maynard Ave. S in Seattle early this afternoon as the search continues for Clemmons.
The school was "One step below lockdown in procedure known as "shelter in place" due to potential threat in area." via @dlboardman
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Shortly after noon today, notice went out for officers to be on the lookout for a green 1997 Mazda Millenia that had been registered to Clemmons' wife, Nicole Cheryleen Smith. They said the car might be headed toward Arkansas, where Maurice Clemmons once lived.
About 1 p.m., six officers in SWAT gear pulled up to Smith's Tacoma home and four went inside, escorted by a young man who pulled up in a silver Honda.
Leschi residents describe their experiences after last night's manhunt for suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons, while officers continue to investigate a home on East Superior Street.
A Facebook page created to honor the four slain Lakewood police officers has become a repository for the community's shock and grief. By midday Monday, the page had more than 60,000 visits from people around the country.
Seattle Times staff are tweeting live with the latest on the Lakewood police shooting.
Three women embrace in front of a memorial in front of the Lakewood Police Department Monday morning. Officers and members of the public brought flowers, cards and teddy bears and placed them in front of the Lakewood Police Department in honor of the four slain police officers who were killed in a Parkwood coffee shop Sunday morning.
Leschi Elementary School, at 135 32nd Ave. S, is closed today because of the police standoff, according to the Seattle Public Schools security office.
Follow the latest information on the slaying of four Lakewood Police officers and investigation.
Photos from the search in Seattle and surrounding area Monday.
Detective Jeff Kappel speaks to the press about the 11-hour standoff with the suspect in the murders of four Lakewood police officers.
Around 10 a.m., officers raced to Jose Rizal Park in Beacon Hill after someone reported seeing Clemmons there. By 10:30, officers had walked the park with police dogs and were confident Clemmons wasn't there, either.
Monday morning, police swarmed to the University of Washington after someone reported seeing Clemmons getting off a Metro bus at the campus. That search led officers to near the UW Medical Center and apparently into a classroom, but Clemmons wasn't there.
About 7 a.m. Monday, a Seattle SWAT team searched a Leschi house it had surrounded since late Sunday, but found no sign of Clemmons.
Several hundred people gathered outside Champions Centre Church in Tacoma on Sunday evening, part of a candlelight vigil for the four officers who were slain that morning in Parkland.
The killing of four Lakewood police officers appears to be the worst attack on law enforcement officers in state history.
The four victims of Sunday morning's shooting were veteran officers who brought a range of talents to the fledgling Lakewood Police Department when it was created in 2004, according to Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar.
Humberto Navarrete was buying cigarettes at a Lakewood gas station as four police officers were shot and killed nearby.
Lakewood, a city of nearly 60,000, was incorporated in 1996, but contracted for law-enforcement services with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office until 2004, when Lakewood created its own police department.
Merissa McCreary and her fiancee Matthew LaLonde wait for the procession to begin for four slain police officers to begin on the corner of Steele St. S and 112 St. S. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 near Parkland.
The Steele Street Forza Coffee House in Parkland, WA, near McCord Airforce Base, where the four officers were shot.
Documents released this morning by the Arkansas Parole Board show police slaying suspect Maurice Clemmons was supposed to remain in prison there until at least 2015, but won his release by claiming he'd changed while behind bars.
Clemmons' appeal for clemency was granted in May 2000 by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee, who commuted Clemmons sentence and made him immediately eligible for parole.