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Jury says Seattle officer justified in shooting Clemmons

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on April 7, 2010 at 11:26 am with 5 Comments »
April 7, 2010 1:38 pm

A jury has said this morning that Seattle police officer Benjamin Kelly was justified in shooting Maurice Clemmons. The jury unanimously said that Clemmons presented an imminent threat of death to Kelly, our news partner KIRO-TV reports.

Kelly shot and killed Clemmons on Dec. 1, 2009, two days after Clemmons had killed four Lakewood police officers in a Parkland coffee shop.

Jurors received the case Tuesday afternoon and reached their verdict this morning.

An inquest is not a criminal trial. After hearing testimony earlier this week, the six-member panel answered a series of questions about the shooting. The findings now go to the county prosecutor’s office.

Read our coverage of the Lakewood shootings and the Seattle inquest hearing here.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. modyfied says:

    Now I suppose the family will file a lawsuit….I’d be surprised if they didn”t…

  2. Shooting that scum was too kind….they should have driven over him very slowly with a steam roller!

  3. jiminycricket says:

    This was the only logical determination!

  4. PD’s should all be able to pop a few rounds into Clemmons grave every year.

  5. ptproudnative says:

    if i were in this officers shoes,i would have been affraid for my life alltogether as Mr.Clemmons showed no fear,etc.of taking any of the officers life.i guess it’s routine to go through the inquest,but i;m happy to see the outcome.and i couldn’t see how the family COULD file a lawsuite.but don’t know much about that stuff.

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