On November 29th at approximately 8:44 p.m. Seattle Police received information that a person of interest in the murder of four Lakewood Police Officers was dropped off near a residence in the 3800 block of East Superior Street. Patrol and SWAT officers immediately responded and began surrounding the area. Seattle Police hostage negotiators and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office investigators also responded to the scene.
As officers began surrounding a residence that the suspect was last seen at, they were summoned by residents in the area to search other structures and dwellings for the presence of the suspect. After containment was established, negotiators continuously attempted to contact the suspect to no avail.
SWAT deployed noise and other attention-getting projectiles at the residence. Chemical irritants were also used in an attempt to persuade the suspect to exit the residence. When these devices also failed to achieve the desired result, officers deployed a robot, utilizing a camera for surveying the immediate area. The robot made entry into the house and detected no persons inside. The SWAT team then made entry and verified that there was nobody inside the residence. We have evidence that the suspect was on scene, but it is unknown if the suspect actually entered the residence.
All officers citywide continue to be on the lookout for the suspect, who remains at large. However, we have no specific indication that the suspect remains in the city limits.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office investigators along with Seattle Police CSI detectives in a supporting role are continuing the search of the residence and the processing of the scene. We are continuing to conduct house checks and a search of the Leschi neighborhood with the assistance of K-9 units.
The Seattle Police Department continues to offer any and all assistance requested to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Lakewood Police Department.
For all inquiries regarding this investigation, please contact the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, who remain the lead agency in this investigation. PCSO has two crime tip lines set up and they are 253-591-5959 or 866-977-2362.
We ask that anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of suspect Clemmons, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous, call 911 immediately.