SWAT teams have surrounded a Seattle, Washington area house where a suspect who gunned down 4 Seattle police officers execution style is believed to be holed up inside.

Police say Maurice Clemmons, 37, of Tacoma walked into an upscale coffee house at about 8:15 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire on the 4 officers as they sat working on their laptops.

The 4 dead officers -- three men and one woman -- were in full uniform including flak jackets as they prepared to start their day shifts.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff, told reporters that two of the officers were executed "flat out" where they sat. He said a third officer was shot dead as he stood up and attempted to reach for his weapon. The last officer standing struggled with Clemmons and may have shot him before being killed.

Troyer believes Clemmons may already have succumbed to his injuries.

"We have determined that in fact he has been shot," he said. "He may be deceased from his gunshot wound."

Troyer said Clemmons was "well versed" with his weapon and the police officers were targeted. Clemmons didn't aim at anyone else in the coffee shop and all the bullets hit their marks.

A family member told police Clemmons was dropped off by someone at his aunt's house in the well-kept neighborhood of middle class homes sometime yesterday evening. She said she tried calling her aunt and Clemmons but no one in the house answered. Police have cordoned off a 3 block area around the house.

Witnesses say they heard flash bang devices and gunshots near the home as SWAT moved in.

Clemmons has an extensive criminal history, including rape of a child, aggravated robbery and attempted murder of another police officer. Yet he was given clemency by then-governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee, who commuted his 95-year prison sentence to time served and parole.

If Huckabee decides to run for president in 2012, Clemmons could become his Willie Horton.

Horton was a convicted felon serving a life sentence for murder when he was released on a work furlough program in the 1980s. While out on work release, Horton committed rape, armed robbery and assault. He became an albatross around the neck of then-presidential candidate, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who favored the work release program.


  • http://twitter.com/sherita78 mizzdallas

    WOW! that is so sad, I wonder if this will air on the new season of First 48

  • missy

    I heard about this story yesterday and I was like wow..... now police already don't feel safe when they go out in their uniforms and now ish like this happens........I feel like people feel justified by this because they feel like the police are the enemy.........My condolences are with those fallen police and their families......I am just sickened by the fact that people are so just so cold blooded to just walk up and kill 4 people in broad day light....

    Okay so this morning i was making my blog rounds when I discovered this story on another blog .....I decided to read a few comments and a lot of the ignorant arse holes had the audacity to say....."they deserved it because police killed many innocent people everyday"......I was like woooww some people are just so stupid and close minded to think that every police officer is bad and deserves to die.........I don't get this mind frame because no one deserves to be killed and not even have a fighting chance.

  • http://twitter.com/LaydeeJustice LadyJustice *\o/*

    oh my goodness!!

  • MsG

    Wow, so sad. How did Huckabee justify clemency for a person that raped a child and tried to murder a policeman before?

  • http://sandrarose.com Ms.kaylamomma

    Missy says:

    …..”they deserved it because police killed many innocent people everyday”……I was like woooww some people are just so stupid and close minded to think that every police officer is bad and deserves to die………I don’t get this mind frame because no one deserves to be killed and not even have a fighting chance.


    There are some ignorant people in this world. I have heard that before when the police in Oakland were killed earlier this summer. This world is coming to an end...

    Good morning SR fam :coffee:


    Did you take pictures at the Amber Rose party, Sandra. and the real question is are you going to post them? :pray:

  • missy

    Oh yea ........Good Morning all

  • chase

    Wow what a shame, prayers go out to the cops and their loved ones. I had no idea he was pardoned, Huckabee can forget about running again...

  • Anna

    MsG Says:

    Wow, so sad. How did Huckabee justify clemency for a person that raped a child and tried to murder a policeman before?
    Had he stayed in jail this would not have happened. If you rape a child you should never get out of jail. He was looking at 95 yrs for a reason.

  • Leesa

    Bullsh*t walks! Money talks!

  • Kat

    WOW! what is the world coming to???

  • waterlily_76

    That is a disturbed, sick individual. I feel so bad for the families.

  • Krysi J

    Goodmorning everyone....hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday, you included Sandra. :coffee:

    @ the post :eek:

  • j.c.

    this is so sad. signs of the time

  • khandi25

    WOW! He was a criminal given multiple chances after multiple offenses, where you have people who commit certain drug crimes and they are put away for the rest of their lives. He was an animal and I pray for the familes of the slain officers.

  • Silhouette

    I live in Arkansas and this is the second person that Huckabee let out of prison that has went to another state and killed someone. When he would provide these people with clemency they had to leave the state.

  • missy


    So pretty much he is trying to keep the people in his state safe(so he looks good)and send these .......criminals to other states to harm others to make himself feel safe at night whiles he and his family are home..........I just can't see how he will sleep at night knowing he can caused 4 people their lives....... *SMH* I think if you do the crime you do the time......

  • msnicole

    I don't understand why this man wasn't locked up. After all the crimes he committed, why should he have been free.

  • flsun99

    Geez...he walked up and shot three cops before the forth was able to shoot him…wow! Again, how in the world did Huckabee get away with giving this "crazy fool" clemency?! Someone please answer that for me.

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  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    I'm confused and shocked this is disturbing and it was senseless and cruel-smh :ashamed:

  • missmiami

    :shotsfired: can't say that I am sorry. These cops shot our black men down like animals everyday.

  • Silhouette

    That's pretty much it! It's really sad b/c some people don't deserve another chance.

  • Kat

    @ missmiami....wow! :-|

    lol @ msnicole's gravi!

  • southernbelle

    So sad when human life is no longer valued. People seem to be losing their minds more and more everyday. My prayers are with the family.

  • CivilEngineer

    More proof that there's all kinds of evil and crazy in the world!! And how do you let someone out of a 95 year sentence based on time served? He didn't serve nearly half his sentence :shrugs:

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    On my blog, I have the video of this fool giving an interview about his home being burned down. SMH

    Did they kill him yet?

  • http://facebook.com/Im2thick4u 2thick4u

    My prayers go out to the fallen officers family :crying:

    I am sick and saddened by the fact that these killers and rapists are running free when nonviolet offenders are giving life in prison.

  • mirsmommy

    :blink: People are f*cking crazy.....

  • starr

    Wow @ some of these comments

  • SunnyPA

    It wasn't just Huckabee in Arkansas.

    Pierce County (Tacoma, WA) let him out on bail 6 days ago on the suspected rape charge and he was facing 7 other felonies in the state of Washington.

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  • LadeeA

    :pray: for that man and the families and that is all I have to say.

  • texarican mamacita


    God bless my brothers and sisters in blue. :pray: