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Maurice Clemmons and the mystery bullet

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on April 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
April 5, 2010 6:11 pm

For me, an abiding mystery of the Maurice Clemmons case is how he managed to keep moving for two days after shooting four Lakewood police officers last November.

Greg Richards, one of the victims, shot Clemmons in the gut that day with a large-caliber police handgun designed to wreak massive havoc inside the human body. I would have expected not merely a disabling but an exquisitely agonizing wound.

Most of us figured Clemmons would be found dead somewhere after sustaining that hit. Yet he got himself patched up (with duct tape, no less) and not only managed to keep running but went after another police officer, this time in Seattle.

Seattle Officer Benjamin Kelly said Monday that he shot at Clemmons three times, and “the only reaction was after the first initial volley, he started running away from me in a dead sprint.” Another four shots brought him down.

A dead sprint? This evil guy would have given Rasputin a run for the money.

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