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Dashcam Released of Lakewood Cop-Killer's Slaying

Dashcam Released of Lakewood Cop-Killer's Slaying

Police officers surround an ambulance carrying the body of Maurice Clemmons, suspected of killing four Lakewood police officers, after he was shot and killed by a Seattle patrolman.

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

April 07, 2010

SEATTLE – Deliberations are scheduled to continue Wednesday in the shooting inquest of the Seattle police officer who killed Maurice Clemmons, the man investigators say was responsible for the shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers last November.

Seattle officer Ben Kelly fired seven shots at Clemmons and hit the suspect four times, a homicide detective testified Tuesday. When police found Clemmons collapsed in a yard, he was armed with one of the Lakewood officer’s handguns.

Police said one of the four officers killed, Greg Richards, fired back at Clemmons before dying Nov. 29 at the Forza Coffee Shop near Lakewood. One of the shots hit Clemmons in the back, but did not hit any major organs.

The wound would not have been fatal, Dr. Aldio Fusaro of the King County Medical Examiner’s Office testified Tuesday.

That gun Clemmons was found with was the same firearm police say he used to kill Richards at the coffee shop.

The six-person jury — narrowed Monday from a field of 30 — has a fact-finding mission, which is common after King County cases in which an officer uses deadly force. The jurors are to answer 19 questions in writing with one of three responses: “yes,” “no” or “unknown.”

Some ask if Kelly, a five-year police veteran, was briefed about Clemmons before starting his shift the night of November 30, and if he saw the stolen Acura at the scene where he found Clemmons. The gold-colored car was left running with the hood up.

Questions ask about Kelly’s interaction with Clemmons, and if the officer could determine his identity.

One asks if at the time Kelly fired the gun he believed “Clemmons presented an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury” to the officer or others.

Kelly was approached about 2:40 a.m. in the 4400 block of South Kenyon Street while checking out an Aucra that had been reported stolen in the neighborhood. Kelly testified that he recognized Clemmons by the large mole on his left cheek.

A mug shot had been circulated among police departments and shown to Kelly before departing on his third-watch shift.

“The first thing that came into my mind is ‘OK, I’m kind of in trouble here, and I better do something,”’ Kelly told the court Monday in his first public talk about the incident.

Investigators say Clemmons had sworn to shoot anyone who tried to arrest him.

Kelly said he pulled his service weapon and shot when Clemmons was about four feet away. Investigators say Clemmons turned and reached for his waist.

“I thought I could be dead in a matter of seconds,” said Kelly, 39.

Clemmons then ran to a hedge at a nearby house. Kelly tried to call three times for help, but his radio didn’t work. Instead of following Clemmons, he grabbed a shotgun.Kelly testified he believed some of his rounds hit Clemmons, but feared for his life not being able to know where Clemmons ran.

The radio worked on his fourth attempt.

If jurors find the deadly force was unnecessary, the findings will be given to the county prosecutor, who will determine whether to file charges.

Kelly was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting — a routine procedure — and returned to duty Jan. 1.

The inquest is expected to conclude Wednesday.

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  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Thank you Officer Kelly.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 5 years ago


    I'm sure you all heard the outcome of this routine inquest: The officer was fully vindicated, as he should have been. Even in such seemingly obvious and cut and dried instances such as this one, the public review is needed. All I can add is another thank you to Officer Kelly.

  • Car6_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Good job officer!

  • My_baby___me_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Score one for the good guys! Bad guys zero!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    POS cop least he'll never do that again and is no longer breathing OUR air! Reviews are necessary but this one should obviously be no more than a formality. I agree w/ Aubreyparrot's post...if you've seen the POS's photo, if he had been previously ID'd by witnesses as the shooter and/or other PC was obtained to ID the guy whose booking photo you were shown as the guy you are now giving lawful orders to, who now flees...he doesn't have to make any furtive movements. If he flees after being given lawful orders not to you do whatever is necessary to stop him, including shooting him. It's commonly referred to as the "Greater Danger Theory"...he already was ID'd as the guy who killed 4 cops and now if you don't do whatever is necessary to stop him before he kills are not given a choice. I.E. Deputy Tyler Peterson in Crandon, Wisconsin who was shot when he tried to flee the perimeter (didn't point a weapon at anyone on perimeter thought they knew he had one...and ultimately shot himself to death). Imagine how stupid/dangerous to the public it would be to let him leave just because he didn't point a weapon at anyone while trying to leave....he killed 6 people and wounded a 7th and shot up one of his "co-workers" squads with his SWAT issued AR!!!! Same scenario here people!! Why should Officer Kelly have to sweat this.....people watch TOO MUCH DAMN T.V.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Cop killer dead. Good riddance. Hope the POS burns in hell.

  • Img00039_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I'll bet this Officer receives exactly that, a heroes welcome... That said, all the reviews are necessary..My money is on his complete and total vindication of any wrong doing. It is the process , it is the law, a review MUST be made or LE faces even worse public scrutiny.. Thank You Officer Kelly, I know you would have been home in a nice warm bed rather than risking your life chasing this puke into the cold dark night.. My deepest respect for your bravery and dedication to duty..

  • Tony_thinking_max50


    about 5 years ago


    amen !!! great job, LEO kelly, you saved the good people plenty of money that was to be spent on this POS who would have milked the system till it was dead !!! thank you !!!

  • Advance_seal_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Good job Ofc. Kelly

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    Let's see. Susp kills 4 cops, vows to kill anyone trying to arrest him, escapes with his gun & officers gun, Off. Kelly has seen mug shot & description, susp. is believed to be in Seattle area, approaches Kelly & stolen car, refuses to comply to lawful order, turns away & reaches into waistband (whew) and a juror asked if Kelly was in fear for his life and felt in imminent danger. That's incredible!!!! No wonder cops are afraid of civilian review boards made of people whose only exposure to street policing is TV.

  • Hpnx0377_max50


    about 5 years ago


    He's dead! And look at all that support showing up! Wonderful!

  • Infragard_logo_res_max50


    about 5 years ago


    ummm what did this dashborad video show? I dont really see where it had anything to do with the shooting, be it good, bad, or indifferent... But ya, Dead cop killer....wooooo hooooo...opp's I ment to say what a shame...

  • 321910_276082379080571_275962482425894_1020326_77530166_o_max50


    about 5 years ago


    What a testament of teamwork, bravery, and brotherhood demonstrated by the officers of the Lakewood Police Department. RIP Brothers and sister. You will never be forgotten. What a sad day for law enforcement nation wide. Officer Kelly, thank you for taking this dangerous person off the streets so he can't harm anyone else anymore. Notice I never referred to Clemmons as a man...He doesn't deserve the respect.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    A dead cop killer?? AND he saved the taxpayers the expense of paying for his lawyers for the next few decades while he appealed it.....DEFINITELY justified!!! Let's put the families of the fallen officers on the inquest board and see what they think!!! RIP

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