Dec. 1, 2009
SEATTLE — The man suspected of gunning down four police officers in a suburban coffee shop was shot and killed by a lone patrolman investigating a stolen car early Tuesday. Four people were arrested for allegedly helping the suspect elude authorities during a massive two-day manhunt.
Police planned to arrest more people who helped Clemmons. "We expect to have maybe six or seven people in custody by the day's end," said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County sheriff. "Some are friends, some are acquaintances, some are partners in crime, some are relatives. Now they're all partners in crime."
Troyer didn't immediately identify the four people already arrested. On Monday, officers detained a sister of Clemmons who they think treated the suspect's gunshot wound. "We believe she drove him up to Seattle and bandaged him up," Troyer said.
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How stupid would you have to be to try to help this guy escape? (Answer: about as stupid as the judge who let him out on bail: too stupid to be mere stupidity.) If these supposed relatives and friends really were what they appear to be on the surface, they would have helped him by getting him arrested and locked up in the loony bin. Instead, they got him killed, and themselves in trouble (apparently - only time will tell how long they spend in prison). So, this account does not rule out an intelligence operation - it could be a cover story or these accomplices could have been part of the operation.