Police search Leschi, UW for suspect in murder of 4 cops; call off Mazda search (updated)
Seattle police are continuing an intense manhunt for a man — possibly wounded and considered armed and dangerous — in the shooting that left four Lakewood police officers dead.
Officers of the Seattle Police SWAT operation overnight barricaded an area around a house in Leschi on the Lake Washington waterfront in Seattle for more than 10 hours, looking for a suspect in the weekend shooting at a coffee shop near Lakewood that left four police officers dead. They didn’t find him.
The Seattle Times is reporting that on Monday morning police turned the focus of their search to the University of Washington campus. This from The Times:
The UW sent out an alert to staff, students and faculty, said UW police spokesman Jerome Solomon. He could not say what bus was involved, nor who called in the alleged sighting. He also couldn’t say where on campus (Maurice) Clemmons was spotted.
Former P-I reporter Lewis Kamb, now of the Tacoma News-Tribune, reported:
“…police searched several buildings and canvassed the campus at the University of Washington, after a transit bus driver reported dropping off a man who resembled Clemmons’ description near the campus at about 7 a.m. Campus police issued a warning to students, faculty and staff to be on alert for the suspect.
Police searched Cowen Park near UW this afternoon, reportedly after finding a blood trail, but have since backed off.
This from the Central District news:
The man they’re searching for is 37 year-old Maurice Clemmons, who is the suspect in the murder of those four officers. He is believed to have been wounded in the shooting, and earlier in the day Pierce County authorities put out a bulletin that he was a person of interest in the murder. Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer now says he is definitely a suspect and that it is unknown if he is dead or alive.
UPDATE 12:13 p.m.: “Police are searching for a green 1997 Mazda Millenia with Washington license plate 208-SSX. The vehicle is registered to Clemmons’ wife,” the Seattle Times reports. “Police said she may be headed to Arkansas.”
UPDATE 3:02 p.m.: “Police are no longer seeking the green Mazda they said was registered to Clemmons’ wife,” Seattle Times reports. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brandy Kessler says it was sold two months ago, according to KIRO-7 news.
UPDATE 3:20 p.m. Seattle police say they will canvass the Leschi neighborhood with this information.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. “There are still viable leads as to Maurice Clemmons’ whereabouts,” and “no valid tips outside of Washington, Puyallup police Lt. Dave McDonald said,” according to the Tacoma News Tribune. “Investigators have followed more than 100 physical leads so far. Many, many more tips have come in.”
UPDATE 5:23 p.m. Police are surrounding a home in Renton in search of the Lakewood shooting suspect, reports KOMO news. He wasn’t there. It’s been a big day. The manhunt has taken police to farflung places, as detailed on this map.
UPDATE 8:54 p.m. Police search Skyway house. Clemmons remains at large.
* “Mike Huckabee’s Burden” by Timothy Egan
* The University of Washington issued this emergency alert
* Memo from Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell on “one of the most heartbreaking and difficult days to fathom in Pierce County history”