Update at 10:45 a.m. ET. The Seattle Times reports that:
A Seattle police SWAT team this morning swarmed a Leschi home surrounded overnight but did not find suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons inside.
Authorities are now searching the neighborhood.
Here's our original post:
Police in Seattle say the man suspected of killing four police officers yesterday in Parkland, Wash., "was shot and perhaps seriously wounded by one of the officers before fleeing," The Seattle Times reports.
And as the Associated Press writes, authorities have a home in Seattle's Leschi neighorbood surrounded. They believe the suspect, 37-year-old Maurice Clemmons, may be inside.
He also may already be dead, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer told reporters.
As the AP adds:
Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft, the sheriff's office said. He also recently was arrested and charged in Washington state for assaulting a police officer, and second-degree rape of a child. Using a bail bondsman, he posted $150,000 and was released from jail last week.
Still unclear was why a man entered the coffee shop and gunned down Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; and Officers Ronald Owens, 37; Tina Griswold, 40; and Greg Richards, 42.
Politico notes that Clemmons' past has pulled former Arkansas governor -- and 2008 GOP presidential contender -- Mike Huckabee into the story. Huckabee granted Clemmons clemency nine years ago.
At the website of his political action committee, Huckabee's staff writes that:
The senseless and savage execution of police officers in Washington State has saddened the nation, and early reports indicate that a person of interest is a repeat offender who once lived in Arkansas and was wanted on outstanding warrants here and in Washington State. The murder of any individual is a profound tragedy, but the murder of a police officer is the worst of all murders in that it is an assault on every citizen and the laws we live within.
Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State. He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990, this commutation made him parole eligible and he was then paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time. He was arrested later for parole violation and taken back to prison to serve his full term, but prosecutors dropped the charges that would have held him. It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state. This is a horrible and tragic event and if found and convicted the offender should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Our thoughts and prayers are and should be with the families of those honorable, brave, and heroic police officers.