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SEATTLE – The man suspected of gunning down four police officers in a suburban coffee shop was shot and killed by Seattle police early Tuesday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
Maurice Clemmons was shot to death in a working-class south Seattle neighborhood after police tracked him down using possible hiding spots supplied by Pierce County investigators, said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the county sheriff.
Authorities suspect Clemmons, 37, of killing the four Lakewood officers at a coffee shop Sunday morning in Parkland, a Tacoma suburb about 35 miles south of Seattle.
Originally posted by SpaDe_
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This story is the first one that I have come across about this shooting suspect. Do you remember where you heard or read that he was alive and in custody?
After an all-night siege, a SWAT team entered the home and found it empty. But police said Clemmons had been there.
At the scene, a couple of dozen police officers milled around, shaking hands and patting each other on the back. LATimes
More information on shooting of Clemmons
Seattle police say a patrol officer checking out an unoccupied stolen vehicle was approached from behind by Maurice Clemmons about 2:45 a.m. today.
The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the night. It was running but unoccupied.
The officer, a seven-year veteran, called in his location and the plate number, officials said this morning. As the officer investigated, he felt a presence behind him.
The officer had told investigators he recognized the approaching person as Clemmons from the law enforcement bulletins.
The man was ordered to stop and showed his hands. The man did not. He started to move around the stolen vehicle and the Seattle officer fired several shots.
"This is the person we have been looking for," Jeff Pugel aid. "Right now, it's just a feeling of relief."
Seattle police said they recovered a handgun from Clemmons. The handgun's serial number matched that of the weapon taken from one of the officers killed Sunday.