Crime

Washington State Cop Killer Suspect Shot Dead By Officer

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The man suspected of killing four Washington State police officers is dead, shot by a cop on a street in Seattle. Four people who allegedly helped him evade police are under arrest.

A lone Seattle officer investigating a stolen car spotted Maurice Clemmons on the street at around 2:45 Tuesday morning. The officer ordered Clemmons to show his hands and stop.

"He wouldn't stop," Seattle Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said. "The officer fired several rounds."

Police say Clemmons was carrying a gun he took from one of the Lakewood officers killed in a coffee shop on Sunday. They also confirm that he did indeed suffer a gunshot wound from that shootout with the officers.

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"I'm surprised that he managed to get away," Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said. "The officer did a good job in Lakewood."

Police think Clemmons' sister treated his wound. She was detained on Monday.

Police have not identified the four people who were arrested, or exactly how they each helped Clemmons. But more arrests are expected.

"We expect to have maybe six or seven people in custody by the day's end," Troyer said. "Some are friends, some are acquaintances, some are partners in crime, some are relatives. Now they're all partners in crime."

The 37-year-old Clemmons is suspected of walking into the coffee shop in suburban Lakewood, and targeting only the cops, leaving workers and other patrons uninjured. It's not known why he did it, but police say he has been described as acting erratically over the past few months. He was recently arrested for punching a sheriff's deputy in the face.

Meanwhile, ex-Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming under increasing scrutiny for commuting a long Arkansas prison sentence for Clemmons when Huckabee was in office. A teenaged crime spree landed Clemmons a 108-year sentence. Huckabee cited Clemmons' age when he commuted the sentence in 2000. A parole violation landed him back in prison, and he was released in 2004.

Huckabee said on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night that Clemmons was allowed back on the street because prosecutors failed to file paperwork in time.

Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley, whose office opposed Clemmons' parole in 2000 and 2004, said Huckabee's comments were "red herrings."

"My word to Mr. Huckabee is man up and own what you did," Jegley said.