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Sheriff: Suspect in Lakewood officer murders not in Seattle home


SEATTLE, Wash. - Authorities say a suspect in the slaying of four police officers who were gunned down in a coffee shop was not found in a Seattle house.

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday that the location of 37-year-old Maurice Clemmons is not known and it's possible he may still be in the Leschi neighborhood staked out overnight by Seattle police.

Troyer also says people who know Clemmons told investigators that he had been shot in the torso.

Troyer says warrants for first-degree murder have been issued against Clemmons. He is accused of shooting four officers from the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood Sunday morning as they were working in the coffee house.

Investigators have no indication that Clemmons had a motive aimed specifically at any of the particular officers who were gunned down, Troyer said. "He was upset about being incarcerated," Troyer said. "He was just targeting cops."

The shootings rank as the worst attack on law enforcement in state history. Three Seattle police were shot and killed by a gunman in January 1921.

UW police alert students to suspect sighting

University of Washington police have alerted students to an unconfirmed report that the suspect in the Lakewood police shootings may have been sighted on or near the campus in
Cmdr. Jerome Solomon says someone reported that Maurice Clemmons was seen getting off a bus about 7 a.m. Monday near the university's hospital. He says police are checking the area.
Students have been alerted by e-mail and text messages.
Police thought they had Clemmons holed up overnight in a Seattle house, but when officers entered early Monday he was not there.
Police spokesman Jeff Kappel says there was evidence he was on the property. Police have search other homes in the Leschi neighborhood, but the suspect is still at large.

$125,000 reward in officers' shooting deaths

Pierce County authorities say there is a $125,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the slayings of four police officers.
Authorities are searching for 37-year-old Maurice Clemmons. He is wanted on four counts of first-degree murder in the Sunday morning shooting deaths of the officers at a coffee house in Parkland, south of Tacoma.
The reward money has been put up by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Crime Stoppers.