Police Officers Targeted

Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) December 10, 2009 -- A lone seven-year veteran of the Seattle patrol force shot and killed the murderer of Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, officers Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Greg Richards, 42.

Clemmons began running clockwise around the stationary vehicle. The officer fired several rounds, killing Clemmons, who was said to be in possession of one of the dead police officer's guns.

The patrol officer identified Clemmons as the possible suspect in the recent police shooting, when he stopped by a stranded vehicle. Maurice Clemmons, 37, had been injured in the torso during the shootout in the cafe.

Three people have been taken into detention for assisting Clemmons during his two days on the run. Clemmon's sister was believed to have driven her brother to Seattle and bandaged his wound.

In Arkansas and Washington Clemmons had a history of violent crimes. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2000 commuted Clemmon's 108-year prison term in Arkansas, after Clemmons argued he had committed his crimes, including burglary, aggravated robbery and illegal possession of a firearm, as a young man.

One year after his pardon, Clemmons was jailed for a parole infringement, but released again in 2004. Clemmons moved to Washington State, but family members informed police, he looked like he had lost some of his mental abilities. He thought the world was ending and he was Jesus Christ.

Clemmons and a mate were arrested in May for throwing bricks through car windows. The men were said to have been on drugs.

According to police reports, Clemmons punched one of the arresting sheriff's deputies in the face. Clemmons was released the next day on bail, without going before a judge.

In July Child Protective Services confirmed a sexual abuse complaint, when Clemmons abused both his wife and three daughters. Clemmons was accused with second-degree rape of a child, as well as being a fugitive from Arkansas police. On Nov 23rd Clemmons posted $15,000 of a $150,000 bail and was released from jail, just one week before the controlled killing rampage. No onlookers in the café were shot.

Police will be looking to rule out any link between Sunday's murders and the death of police officer Timothy Brenton in Seattle, last month. Brenton was shot as he was sitting in a police vehicle on the night of Halloween, in the first intentional homicide of a Seattle police officer since 1994.

A suspect in that killing, Christopher Monfort, has been associated to a string of arson attacks on four police vehicles, in a "one-man war against law enforcement".

In Afghanistan six policemen were killed and two others injured, when a rogue policeman opened fire at a checkpoint in southwest Afghanistan. The gunman escaped to another district in the province where he was recognized by an Afghan National Army patrol. The patrol opened fire and the man was killed in the ensuing gun battle.

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Press Release Submitted On: December 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm
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