April 13, 2010 in Region

No charge for Seattle officer who shot Lakewood cop killer

Associated Press

SEATTLE — King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg says the Seattle officer who fatally shot Maurice Clemmons will not be charged.

Satterberg says Officer Benjamin Kelly was correct in recognizing Maurice Clemmons as a danger and did his duty in using deadly force.

The announcement Tuesday follows a King County inquest jury decision last week that cleared Kelly of questions about the shooting.

He shot Clemmons in confrontation Dec. 1, two days after Clemmons killed four Lakewood police officers. Police say Clemmons was reaching for a gun that he had taken from one of the Lakewood officers when Kelly fired.

Satterberg says Kelly should be recognized for his courage.

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