Authorities say that the case of Maurice Clemmons is far from over, even though Seattle Police shot to death the 37-year-old accused cop killer early Tuesday morning.
Now the case switches to those whom authorities say aided and abetted Clemmons, who was wounded in a gunfight with police on Sunday after he allegedly killed four officers in an ambush attack. So far, two people accused of helping Clemmons were arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday. Police have their sights on a third suspect and say there is a “strong possibility” that others could also be arrested, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Charged with the felony of providing criminal assistance are Eddie Davis and Douglas Davis, according to Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist. The third man has not been charged, but a judge, at the request of prosecutors, ordered him held for 72 hours pending further investigation, Lindquist said.
Police say they provided Clemmons with medical aid, housing, a cell phone and money and were trying to get him out of the state, Troyer said. They also called in false leads to police to divert investigators.
“They're going to pay for it,” he said. “They're guests of ours.
“We are all relieved to have Maurice Clemmons off the street, but there is still work to be done here,” Lindquist said. “... When you help a criminal, you become a criminal.”
Clemmons reportedly entered a coffee shop Sunday and shot to death four Lakewood, Wash., officers as they met before their shifts began. Authorities announced a statewide manhunt for Clemmons, who eluded police for two days.