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Archives: Nov. 2009


Police searching Skyway house

A Tacoma police SWAT team worked with Renton police officers to confront a reported acquaintance of suspect Maurice Clemmons at a house on Renton Avenue South in Skyway.

Clemmons is still on the loose.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators have been confronting and rounding up family members and friends of Clemmons who have reportedly been helping the suspect since Sunday morning’s shooting. Officers have detained and questioned people in Skyway and in other operations in the Puget Sound area.

Parts of Renton and Skyway were closed while officers approached the house.

Investigators are planning and executing more

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Court documents portray Clemmons as “dangerous”

Two state psychologists wrote in court-ordered report last month that the man suspected of gunning down four Lakewood police officers Sunday was dangerous and likely to commit violence in the future.

Licensed psychologists Melissa Dannelet and Carl Redick came to that conclusion in an report they prepared Oct. 19 as part of second-degree child rape and third-degree assault cases authorities have filed against Maurice Clemmons.

“Based on Mr. Clemmons’ documented criminal history, information obtained through interviews and treatment and a review of risk factors, it is our professional opinion that he presents with increased risk for future dangerous behavior and

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3:30 p.m. update from the crime scene

There are still viable leads as to Maurice Clemmons’ whereabouts. Most of the tips are coming out of the north.

There are no valid tips outside of Washington, Puyallup police Lt. Dave McDonald said. Investigators have followed more than 100 physical leads so far. Many, many more tips have come in.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department could be moving the command post later today. The command post will be moved from the crime scene to the Tacoma Police Department.

There’s been speculation that Clemmons worked at or was associated with a car wash across the street from the coffee store.

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PLU to hold vigil this evening

Pacific Lutheran University will hold a cadlelight vigil in remembrance of the four Lakewood police officers this evening. It starts at 5:30 p.m. in Red Square. More info here.

The campus observed a chapel service this morning.

“A few decades back there was a popular song that urged us to ‘lean on me when you are not strong,’” university President Loren Anderson told members of the PLU community. “In our weakness today, I urge us to lean on one another, care for one another, be kind to one another.”


A city mourns the loss of four officers

By Brent Champaco; The News Tribune

The killing of four of Lakewood’s original police officers left the community of 59,000 shocked, somber and grieving Monday.

The story has gained national attention, but it’s a local tragedy for residents. Although it’s Pierce County’s second-largest city, they say Lakewood is tight-knit, and some residents worked directly with the officers.

A few of them were regular customers at the Starbucks at Lakewood Towne Center, and baristas had chatted with one of the officers just before Thanksgiving.

On Monday, staff had posted a remembrance card and note at the shop’s counter so customers could

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Border officers on alert for Clemmons

Agents at the U.S.-Canadian border have also been on the lookout for Maurice Clemmons.

They’ve been running “outbound operations,” meaning they are checking people and good leaving the United States, said Chief Thomas Schreiber with U.S. Customs and Protection.

The agency runs outbound operations when they have the resources or there is a priority.

“This is a priority emphasis,” Schreiber said. “We will continue to do that until such time as we are told to stand down.”

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families,” he added.


Robbery at South End restaurant

In other police news ….

Tacoma police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant this afternoon.

The robbery occurred at 8425 S. Hosmer St. this afternoon.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his 30s and about 5 feet 3. He had some facial hair and wore a black hat, blue and white jacket and jeans. He was last seen going northbound on Hosmer in a green SUV-type vehicle, according to police scanner traffic.