The slaying of four Lakewood police officers
On the morning of Nov. 29, 2009 — the Sunday after Thanksgiving — four uniformed Lakewood police officers were fatally ambushed in a coffee shop outside of Tacoma. Over the next 40 hours, the region was gripped with fear, as the gunman — identified as ex-convict Maurice Clemmons — was at large, still armed and certainly dangerous.
By Tuesday morning, Clemmons was dead, killed by a Seattle police officer in a routine traffic investigation. The story continued to unfold in the pages of The Seattle Times and on Seattletimes.com, as the community mourned the loss of Sergeant Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Gregory Richards — and as more information emerged about the criminal path of Maurice Clemmons.
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A 37-year-old Tacoma man, Maurice Clemmons, is being sought for questioning in the execution-style shooting of four Lakewood police officers this morning, according to two law-enforcement sources.
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On Monday night, the Sheriff's Office launched a series of tactical operations targeting the homes of relatives and friends believed to be helping Clemmons.
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Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning.
A steady stream of people came to pay their respects to the fallen officers -- parents with infants and old people with canes, men in business suits and a couple in biker leathers, teenagers in sweat pants and in skinny jeans. And standing guard, in the empty parking lot outside Forza Coffee, dozens of police officers from a half-dozen nearby towns -- Milton, Sumner, Puyallup, Des Moines, University Place and Graham.
There was biting cold and hours of waiting. There were mourners pouring in by the bus load, from Bozeman and Boston, Las Vegas and Lake Stevens. There was pain and sadness and anger. Yet at the memorial service for the four fallen Lakewood police officers held Tuesday at the Tacoma Dome, it was strikingly quiet.
When Maurice Clemmons moved to the Northwest, he brought with him the demons of his Arkansas past. A week ago, he shot and killed four Lakewood police officers, a crime that has shattered families and generated such tension between Washington and Arkansas that both states' governors talked at length Thursday to lower the heat.
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Did Maurice Clemmons, who assassinated four police officers last Sunday, live a crime-free life for the first five years he was in Washington? It's difficult to answer with certainty. But records from police, state corrections and federal law enforcement strongly suggest the answer is no.
Civil disagreements, with Lynne Varner and Bruce Ramsey of the Seattle Times editorial board, is a weekly feature of the Ed Cetera blog. Here Lynne and Bruce debate gun control laws in the wake of the shooting deaths of four Lakewood, Wa. police officers and a month earlier, a Seattle Police Officer.
Editorials & Opinions
There is justice to be served, grief to be processed, anger to be vented. Unfortunately, this incident is being used by some to justify their racist ideology ["Manhunt creates unease for black men," News, Dec. 1], rather than to question a criminal-justice system that obviously needs fixing.
Letters to the Editor
November - December 2009
As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee had a hand in pardoning or commuting many more prisoners than his three immediate predecessors combined. Maurice Clemmons, the suspect in Sunday's slayings of four Seattle-area police officers, was among them.
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January - April 2010
In emotional testimony Monday night, family members of four slain Lakewood police officers asked lawmakers in Olympia to make changes to a system they say failed their loved ones.
February 13, 2010
The man who fatally shot four Lakewood police officers described his deadly intentions over and over in conversations with his wife and others.