UPDATE: GOOD NEWS: The cop killer Clemmons was shot dead in a gunfight with cops:
When they came in contact with the suspect, shots were fired and the suspect was shot and killed," Mr. Troyer said.
Think of the millions we saved in medical and legal expenses. Justice.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the suspect in the execution style shooting of four police officers, Maurice Clemmons, is shot. I hope he dies a terrible, painful death.
Once again, you'll have to go across the pond to get the real news on events going down here in the States. The flatulent American media contemplates its naval while chasing down Tiger Woods for a marital spat and minor vehicular incident that occurred on a private road.
Suspect: Police are searching for Maurice Clemmons after four police officers were shot dead in a Washington State coffee shop
Clemmons is believed to have been wounded by one of the four officers during the execution-style killers.
Two were killed sitting in their seats, one had risen to their feet, and the fourth fought the gunman all the way to the door of the face, police said yesterday.
'We have determined that in fact he has been shot,' said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff. 'He may be deceased from his gunshot wound.'
Troyer also described Clemmons as the 'number one suspect' in the slayings.
ABCNews reported that Clemmons, a convicted robber, has now been charged with the murders of the four officers.
Police and a Swat team surrounded Clemmons' house today after a tip-off led them to his door.
Reports said police used a loudspeaker and even a robot as they attempted to persuade Clemmons to come out of the house.
'This is one of the toughest decisions you'll make in your life but you need to man up,' one negotiator reportedly told him.
They also fired tear gas and are believed to have fired shots in an attempt to persuade Clemmons to come outside.
However when they entered the house he was nowhere to be found, ABCNews reported today.
Police were able to detain friends of Clemmons who allegedly helped him overnight, ABC reported.
It was those friends who reportedly told police about the wound to his abdomen.
Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated convictions for robbery and theft.
He was also recently arrested and charged in Pierce County in Washington state for third-degree assault on a police officer and second-degree rape of a child.
In 1989, Clemmons, then 17, was convicted in Little Rock for aggravated robbery. He was paroled in 2000 after then-Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted Clemmons' 95-year prison sentence.
Huckabee, who was criticised during his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 for the number of clemencies and commutations he granted, cited Clemmons' age at the time of the sentence.
After his release from prison, Clemmons violated his parole and was returned to jail in July 2001.
He was released March 18, 2004, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.Enlarge
Murdered in cold blood: (Clockwise from top left) Lakewood Police officers Greg Richards, 42, Mark Renninger, 39, Tina Griswold, 40, and 37-year-old Ronald Owens were looking at paperwork when they were ambushed
A police car sits in front of the Forza Coffee Company where the four police officers were killed
The four officers were with the 100-member police department of Lakewood, which adjoins the unincorporated area of Parkland, where the shootings took place.
The city identified the victims as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Ronald Owens, 37; Tina Griswold, 40; and Greg Richards 42.
Troyer said one of those officers fought with the gunman and may have wounded him before the officer died just outside the doorway.
He told reporters that investigators were asking area medical providers to report any people wounded by gunshots.
Troyer said investigators believe two of the officers were shot dead while sitting in the shop, and a third was killed after standing up.Enlarge
SWAT team members ride on a armoured vehicle while searching for a suspect yesterday
Police officer Brian Lynch, left, gets a hug from Lakewood resident Roberta Ladd as others in the crowd hug with Police officers after a candlelight vigil
People stand in front of Rollies Tavern as a procession of police vehicles passes by, escorting the bodies of the four slain police officers
The fourth apparently struggled with the gunman out the doorway and 'gave up a good fight,' getting off a few shots before he was either shot there or succumbed to earlier wounds.
'We believe there was a struggle, a commotion, a fight ... that he fought the guy all the way out the door,' Troyer said.
He added: 'We hope that he hit him.'
Troyer said the gunman entered the coffee house and walked up to the counter as if to place an order.
A barista saw a gun when the man opened his jacket and fled out the back door.
The man then turned and opened fire on the officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman in what Troyer described as a targeted ambush.Enlarge
Kathy Gruber, right, and her daughter Katarina, 11, bring nine teddy bears to a growing memorial to the four officers
Signs of support are placed near the crime scene as shocked emergency responders comfort one another in the hours after the shootings
Troyer said the attack was clearly targeted at the officers, not a robbery gone bad.
'This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers,' he said.
Troyer said the officers were catching up on paperwork at the beginning of their shifts when they were attacked at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.
'There were marked patrol cars outside and they were all in uniform,' Troyer said.
There was no indication of any connection with the Halloween night shooting of a Seattle police officer.
The suspect in that shooting remains hospitalised.
The town just outside of Seattle, Washington where the four officers were gunned down
'We won't know if it's a copycat effect or what it was until we get the case solved,' Troyer said.
'We don't even have a suspect ID right now.'
Troyer estimated that a couple of hundred officers from the Washington State Patrol and multiple surrounding police agencies in the area were at the crime scene, with some coming on their own time.
On Sunday night, a motorcade of dozens of police cars and motorcycles with lights flashing escorted the bodies of the four officers from the crime scene to the Pierce County medical examiner's office in Tacoma.
The motorcade rolled under a giant American flag hanging from fire truck ladders.
'We have no motive at all,' Troyer said. 'I don't think when we find out what it is, it will be anything that makes any sense or be worth it.'
Two employees and a few other customers were in the shop during the attack.
All were interviewed by the Pierce County sheriff's investigators.Enlarge
Law enforcement officers search a self-storage area near the scene
A procession of police vehicles escorts the bodies of four slain police officers as they pass beneath a U.S. flag in Parkland
A solemn police officer directs traffic away from the crime scene
'Some are in shock. They are very upset,' Troyer said. 'They are the ones who are going to put together for us how this happened.'
The Forza Coffee Shop, part of a popular local chain, is on a side street near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma.
The shop is in a small retail center alongside two restaurants, a cigar store and a nail salon.
Brad Carpenter, founder and owner of Forza Coffee, said his staff was being interviewed by police, and that his main concern was for the families of the police officers.
'I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me,' said Carpenterr.
Troyer said the Lakewood officers were two blocks outside their jurisdiction, and the coffee shop was a popular place for officers from surrounding jurisdictions to meet and share information.
Streets around the coffee shop were blocked off and a police helicopter hovered over a large crowd of investigators.
Mourners lay flowers and light candles during a vigil for the fallen officers
SWAT team officers search a self-storage area near the scene of the shooting
TV video showed police taking possession of a pickup truck parked in a grocery store in Parkland.
Troyer said investigators were checking surveillance video from multiple sources, trying to identify a possible getaway car.
Dave Gabrielson, a clerk at Foot Mart about a block away from the coffee shop, told the newspaper all was quiet when he opened the store at 8am About 30 minutes later, 'All of a sudden a million cops were zooming up and down the road,' Gabrielson said.
He said he saw officers bring a police dog into a nearby apartment complex.
Last month, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed Halloween night as he was sitting in a cruiser with trainee Britt Sweeney.
Sweeney was grazed in the neck.
Authorities say the man charged with that shooting also firebombed four police vehicles in October as part of a 'one-man war' against law enforcement.
Hundreds of police officers flooded the area searching for the lone gunman