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UPDATED: Person of interest sought in Lakewood officers slaying

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm with 21 Comments »
July 14, 2010 11:36 am
Maurice Clemmons
Maurice Clemmons

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has said they are looking for a person of interest in connection with this morning’s deadly shooting of four Lakewood police officers.

They are calling Maurice Clemmons, 37, a person of interest, not a suspect. He recently was released from jail and has extensive criminal history.

“He is somebody we want to talk to,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Investigators believe he was in the area.

Here’s the press release from the county:

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has identified a person of interest in the November 29, 2009, murder of four Lakewood Police officers. The person of interest is Maurice Clemmons, a 37 year old black male from the Parkland area of Pierce County. Clemmons is 5’8″ tall, 235 lbs., with black hair, brown eyes, and a mole on his left cheek.

Clemmons has extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft. He has also recently been arrested and charged in Pierce County for Assault 3rd on a Police Officer and for Rape of a Child.

Clemmons should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. If the public has any information on his whereabouts, call any tips to the Sheriff’s Department tip line at 1-866-977-2362.

UPDATE: Clemmons, described as a person of interest in the fatal shooting today of four Lakewood police officers, was granted clemency in 2004 by Mike Huckabee, then governor of Arkansas.

A 2004 news account from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette described the decision:

Pulaski County prosecutors dropped aggravated-robbery charges Monday against a 32-year-old Little Rock man paroled in 2001 after Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted the man’s 95-year sentence.

Maurice Clemmons served 11 years after his conviction for aggravated robbery in 1989. He was paroled in August 2000. Huckabee cited Clemmons’ young age at the time of his sentence – 17 – in the proclamation announcing the clemency.

After his release from the state Department of Correction, Clemmons violated his parole and was returned to prison in July 2001. He was released March 18, 2004.

Little Rock police obtained a warrant charging Clemmons with two counts of aggravated robbery and theft in the March 26, 2001, robberies of Gary Ervin and Jennifer Chime. The robberies occurred when Clemmons was out on parole.

But the warrants were not served for three years until Clemmons, now 32, was being released from state prison.

Defense attorney Stephen Morley asked Circuit Judge Barry Sims to dismiss the new charges. Morley argued that too much time had elapsed between the issuance of the warrant and Clemmons’ arrest.

In a brief hearing Monday in Sims’ court, prosecutors announced they would drop the charges.

UPDATE No. 2: Local charges against Clemmons date to May and July. Jail records show Clemmons was arrested and released four times between May and September, and most recently released from jail Nov. 24, five days before the Lakewood shootings.

In May, Clemmons was charged with multiple counts of third-degree assault and malicious mischief. The May 9 incident occurred in the 13100 block of 12th Avenue South, court documents state. Clemmons and two accomplices were confronted about multiple vehicles with broken windows. A sheriff’s deputy tried to arrest the two accomplices, who fought.

During the struggle, Clemmons emerged from a house and joined in the fight, punching the deputy in the face. A second deputy arrived, and the three men were arrested. Jail records indicate Clemmons bailed out of jail on May 11.

In July, Clemmons was arrested and charged with second-degree child rape. He bailed out on July 27. Prosecutors also discovered that Clemmons had an outstanding arrest warrant from the state of Arkansas. The Arkansas warrant was dismissed in July.

Prosecutors trying to multiple charges ordered Clemmons to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial. Clemmons was found competent, according to court records.

Leave a comment Comments → 21
  1. Clemmons was paroled by Gov Mike Huckabee (R) in 2000
    ___ Maurice Clemmons received a 35-year sentence in the early 1990s for armed robbery and theft. His sentence was commuted in May 2000, and he was let out three months later.
    ___ The following March, Clemmons committed two armed robberies and other crimes and was sentenced to 10 years. You’d think they’d keep him locked up after that, but no: He was paroled last March and is now wanted for aggravated robbery and I suppose a few questions about this case as well.

  2. MasterAtArms says:

    he will be a lucky man if the police get him before I do! i wouldnt mind a little prison time in this case.

  3. myhomeloan101 says:

    my home is locked and loaded and happily awaiting mr clemens should he choose to make a surprise visit… i hope they nail him tonite and hopefully he will be riding in a hearse before the morning sun comes up….

  4. angileyz says:

    I hope he puts up a strugle when they find him so my tax $ doesn’t support him for the next 60 years! He already has had one chance too many…

  5. Capybara91 says:

    I want the judge who released this scumbag to be publicized and scrutinized. He was facing life in prison under the 3 strikes law but was out on $150k bail.

  6. justin_yorbum says:

    He didn’t shoot the officers because they were white, he shot them because they were wearing blue uniforms.

    And the color of his skin isn’t responsible for the crime, the person inside the skin is.

    Go back to your caves.

  7. knowumsayin says:

    So you’re saying if the officers were all black he would of shot them too..? Yeah, right.

  8. Gee, I wonder if the politically correct adminstrators will have the guts to call this a “hate crime”? I’ve been a cop for 30 years and if this is not a hate crime then there is no such thing unless you are part of a particular identified group.

  9. ChickFuzz says:

    By posting the picture of the ‘person of interest’ the News Tribune didn’t have to identify his race. Whew! That was close!

  10. mrhonest says:

    Why did PIerce county let this man out on bail?

  11. Capybara91 says:

    I seriously doubt that he would have spared a black police officer. He was facing mandatory life and had nothing to lose, which is precisely why he shouldn’t have been out on bail.

  12. mschrief says:

    This really, really pisses me off. Hope he is found, convicted and executed.

    Or better yet, just death by cop. Save taxpayers a bucketload of money.

  13. “Clemmons, described as a person of interest in the fatal shooting today of four Lakewood police officers, was granted clemency in 2004 by Mike Huckabee, then governor of Arkansas.”

    Goodbye “Mr.” Huckabee- Your career is over, or at least I pray to God it is. I hope the liberals beat you over the head with this until you flee the country, you idiot.

  14. nashabee says:

    people always seem to drift off the subject at point when a tragedy happens.the web shouldnot allow all the bashing of one another and.please show some respect to the familys in mourning…my prayers go out to you…

  15. Observationtower says:

    GreatWhite: ANIMALS are above this kind of behavior–they don’t commit hate-filled crimes like this guy did. They conduct their lives in a dignified, peaceful manner, like us, killing only what they plan to eat.
    There has to be a better analogy; this one is insulting to animals.

  16. jukejunkie says:

    Since when is a “person of interest ” guilty just because he happens to be a scumbag. Vigilantism is murder too so how are you better humans.

  17. jondolar2 says:

    I mourn this senseless act of violence. However, I still can’t understand how the justice system can give out such sentences as they do. Case in point… My brother, along with another man, was killed by a 17 year old, at the same time in 1990. Once prosecuted and sentenced, he got only 17 years for both counts on a plea bargained second degree murder; yet this “person of interest”, Maurice Clemmons, got 35 years for armed robbery? To add insult to the loss, Gov. Gregoire allows him to be released 1.5 years early to relieve prison crowding; yet those released were supposed to only be “non-violent” offenders. I don’t know about you, but I’d say a double hommicide is pretty violent. Thanks for nothin’ Gov.

  18. Thank you Mike Huckabee for commuting this loser’s sentence in Ark. Even if he didn’t shoot those cops, this guy should be rotting in prison.

  19. 2 comments:

    1. With a pending case of child rape & his criminal history, what in the world was this guy doing out on bail?

    2. Ok Fox Newseys: Is the left allowed to use this against Huckabee & ruin his political career like you all did to Michael Dukakis?

  20. MJ2YOUNG says:

    They should execute this person that did this by a firing squad or hanging.

    Washington State needs a 3 strikes law like California. But make it 3 strikes and you are locked up for life for any violent crime.

    California will lock you up for life with 3 strikes for any crime. That sure will keep some violent people out of Washington State.

    Parkland and Lakewood used to a nice area to live, It has changed.

    Getting to many deadbeats in the area.

  21. striker70 says:

    This is a sad day we complain about the police some more than others and some have good reason to, But these guys put it out there everyday and will go through any door at any time to stop a a person from raping your children or wife ,killing yor loved ones, they do this without question of who and why, I new all of these outstanding officers ,stood side by side with them, We shall take there badges and lay there guns to the ground,But we will not rest untill the shooter is down.


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