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 for committing future criminal acts jeopardizing public safety and security due to past illicit behaviors,” the psychologists wrote in their report.
Those risk factors included “previous violence, young age at first violent incident, relationship instability and prior supervision failure,” Dannelet and Redick wrote.
They went on to say, however, that they had “insufficient grounds” to recommend that Clemmons be civilly committed.
Their opinions are reported in a forensic mental health report ordered by Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck to determine whether Clemmons was mentally competent to stand trial on the rape and assault charges.
The psychologists, who spent 75 minutes interviewing Clemmons and also reviewed numerous documents, concluded that the man now suspected in Sunday’s massacre at the Forza coffee shop in Parkland was competent to stand trial and appeared to be suffering from no mental disease when they evaluated him in jail on Oct. 14.
“It is difficult to ascertain the specific nature of the symptoms that he exhibited at the time of the alleged offenses as described in the discovery, but at the time of this evaluation, there was no evidence of a mental disorder,” they wrote.
On Nov. 6, van Doorninck signed an order finding Clemmons competent. She later ordered Western State Hospital to evaluate Clemmons again to determine if he was insane or had a diminished mental capacity at the time of the alleged rape and assault. That opinion is pending.
Clemmons’ attorney on those charges – Daniel J. Murphy Jr. – notified the court that he intended to pursue an insanity or diminished-capacity defense for his client.
Clemmons was arrested in May on the assault charges. Prosecutors contend he punched a sheriff’s deputy sent to investigate someone breaking windows.
At the time of his arrest, he allegedly made “religiously-themed comments, told the officer President Obama and Lebron James are his brothers, Oprah (Winfrey) is his sister and referred to himself as ‘the beast,’ ” the forensic report states.
Clemmons also made threats against jail staff when they tried to book him into jail, according to the forensic report.
“I’ll kill all you bitches,” he allegedly told corrections officers.
The state psychologists asked Clemmons during their Oct. 14 interview if he had thoughts of suicide or harming others.
“Sometimes I think about it – as soon as a person gets enough – everybody thinks the police can’t lie…” he allegedly told the psychologists.
Dannelet and Redick wrote that Clemmons “denied thoughts of harming any officers or anyone specific when pointedly asked.”
Clemmons went on to say he was suffering from auditory and visual hallucinations at the time of the alleged assault and rape.
Clemmons told the psychologists he hallucinated about “people drinking blood and people eating babies, and lawless on the street, like people were cannibals.”
He went on to say he had “no faith in the justice system” and that he thought he was being “maliciously persecuted because I’m black and they believe the police,” according to the psychologists’ report.