SEATTLE - A police SWAT team Monday morning swarmed a Seattle home surrounded overnight but did not find suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons inside.
A murder warrant has been issued for Clemmons, the man suspected of killing four Lakewood, Wash., police officers Sunday in a coffee shop, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Those killed were identified as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and officers Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Gregory Richards, 42.
Police had surrounded the home late Sunday night and Troyer said the search of the house finished shortly after 7 a.m. Monday morning. Officers searched with a robot before SWAT officers moved in.
There is a $125,000 reward for information leading to Clemmons' capture.
By 7:45 a.m., police had removed the barricade allowing residents access to the neighbourhood.
Clemmons was shot and perhaps seriously wounded by one of the slain officers Sunday morning, Troyer said.
"He has suffered a gunshot wound," Troyer said at a media briefing held just before 3 a.m.
Police know that Clemmons was wounded because they have detained other people — Troyer wouldn't say how many — who helped Clemmons after the shootings.
At the briefing, Troyer said police now consider Clemmons a suspect, rather than merely a "person of interest."
Police don't know the severity of Clemmons' wound, and Troyer said he may already be dead.
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 series of events began Sunday at an upscale coffee shop, a hangout for officers that became the scene of the deadliest attack on law enforcement in state history.
Four officers were shot and killed at 8:15 a.m. The first two officers were "flat-out executed," while the third tried to stop the gunman and the fourth fired at him, Troyer said.
Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar has scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the officers and the shooting. A community prayer service is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Clemmons has a long criminal record in Arkansas and Washington. He was released from custody just a week ago, and was facing a charge of raping a child. Family members described him as being in a state of mental deterioration. Last spring, he was also accused of punching a sheriff's deputy in the face.
Troyer said a scruffy-looking gunman entered the shop, walked past the officers and three or four other customers, and approached the counter.
A young barista asked the man if she could help him, according to Humberto Navarrete, 51, who lives nearby and later spoke to the barista. The man stared at the barista without saying a word and then opened his coat, revealing a handgun, Navarrete said.
The barista and another female barista on duty ran out the back, according to Navarrete. The gunman turned and started shooting at the officers, he said, quoting the women.
"This was a targeted, selective ambush," Troyer said.
The officers, who made up one patrol unit, were regulars at the coffee shop. They were wearing bulletproof vests and were preparing to start their day shift, Troyer said.
The first two officers apparently had no time to react. The third officer stood up and tried to go for the gunman before being shot, Troyer said. The fourth officer struggled with the gunman, wrestled him out the door and managed to fire off some shots before he, too, was killed, Troyer said.