Apparently, Maurice Clemmons was right about one thing he wrote in his petition to Gov. Mike Huckabee asking for commutation of his prison sentence. He did have a close knit circle of family, friends (and fellow ex-cons) who would “support” him on his release. The only problem is that this circle was also willing to act as accomplices in helping him evade capture which is why it took 48 hours before he was found and killed early this morning by a lone Seattle police officer during a routine traffic stop.
The policeman found a car idling on a South Seattle street and noted it had been stolen shortly earlier. While filling out the paperwork, he noticed a man approaching from his side of the car. The cop exited his car, immediately recognized Clemmons and told him to put his hands up. When the suspected police killer backed away from him and reached in his waist the police officer shot him, hitting him twice and killing him.
None of this is particularly revelatory (though scenes like this are exceedingly rare in Seattle). But what does disturb many here is that there was a network which aided and abetted Clemmons in eluding capture. The Seattle Times reports that they provided him with getaway cars, money, cellphones and were arranging for him to escape the state when he was killed. His sister attempted to treat his stomach wound. Three people are in custody and will likely be charged with crimes and at least one or more others are being sought. I also heard a report that some of these people deliberately lied to police about the convict’s whereabouts.