Cop-Killer Suspect Felled by Lone Officer

Check of stolen vehicle resulted in one-sided gun fight
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2009 1:05 PM CST
Police work at the scene where a man suspected of gunning down four police officers earlier in the week was shot and killed by a lone Seattle patrol officer.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The death of alleged Washington state cop-killer Maurice Clemmons was attended only by the cop who shot him. Seattle police say an officer on a routine patrol found an empty car with its hood up, checked the plates, and found that is was stolen. Then he saw a man approaching, recognized Clemmons, and ordered him to freeze. The suspect did not, and the officer opened fire.

Clemmons was carrying the gun of one of the four cops slain Sunday, the Seattle Times notes. The officer who shot him is now on routine administrative leave, which usually follows the killing of a suspect. The man whose car was stolen, and who called police, lives just 5 blocks from the scene. “I was going to go after him,” he says. “It's a good thing I didn't.” He adds, “it's not a very reliable car.” Police have already rounded up friends and relatives suspected of helping Clemmons.

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