Evergreen Self Storage of Parkland, Wash., was searched yesterday as police looked for a suspect in the fatal shooting of four officers. After the incident, the shooter was believed to be on foot and hiding somewhere in the neighborhood near the Forza Coffee shop where the officers were killed. Officers and the Pierce County bomb squad searched the facility’s parking lot yesterday afternoon but found nothing.
Yesterday morning at about 8:15 a.m., a man walked into the coffee shop and shot two seated officers. The third officer was shot when he rose to confront the criminal. The fourth struggled with the shooter out the door and managed to return fire before collapsing. The shooter is believed to be wounded and may even be dead.
The police identified a suspect, 37-year-old Maurice Clemmons, and engaged in an all-night standoff at a Seattle house last night, believing Clemmons to be inside. It was discovered this morning that the house is empty.
Sources: Seattle Times, Dispatches on the Lakewood police shooting, Vancouver Sun, Suspect in Washington shooting evades police