Sunday May 19, 2013
Reward for Lakewood Cop Killer Now at $125 ThousandTim King Salem-News.com
Law enforcement still looking for suspect in Murder of four police officers.
(LAKEWOOD, Wash.) - The Pierce County, Washington Sheriff's Department is still looking for the suspect in Sunday's Lakewood police officer shooting. Four first-degree Murder warrants have been issued for 37-year old Maurice Clemmons.
He reportedly has a gunshot wound and is armed. Detectives say the suspect knows law enforcement is looking for him and should be considered dangerous.
There is now a $125,000 dollar reward for Clemmons' arrest. The initial reward amount offered in the case was $10,000.
The reward money was put up by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and Crime Stoppers.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says the men and women of the Pierce County Prosecutor's office send their prayers and thoughts to the families of the murdered officers of the Lakewood Police Department and to their colleagues in law enforcement.
"This cowardly ambush reminds us that day after day police officers risk their lives for the community. I have complete confidence in Sheriff Paul Pastor and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, which is taking the lead in this multi-agency investigation."
Lindquist says his office is assisting in every way possible to help bring the killer to justice. He says Washington's Governor has been in contact to offer her support as well.
Flag Lowering in Pierce County
Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has directed that all flags in Pierce County be lowered to half-staff Monday, November 30 until further notice in memory of four Lakewood police officers killed yesterday.
Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards were outstanding professionals and have been with the Lakewood police department since it started five years ago.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
There is a way to help and support the families of the slain Lakewood Police officers. Anyone can make a donation through the Lakewood Police Independent Guild (LPIG) Benevolent Fund at PO Box 99579, Lakewood, WA 98499. Please visit their website for more information visit lpig.us.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department has jurisdiction and is continuing their investigation into the shooting deaths of the four officers.
Those with information on the crime should call 866-977-2362.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
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