Righteous Kill

The jury in an inquest into the fatal police shooting of Maurice Clemmons has ruled that the shooting was justified.


An inquest jury has ruled that Seattle police Officer Benjamin L. Kelly believed he was in imminent danger when he fatally shot Maurice Clemmons on Dec. 1, ending a two-day manhunt that started when Clemmons ambushed four officers in Pierce County.

Answering a series of questions, the six-member jury was unanimous in its finding that Kelly had reason to fear for his life when he encountered Clemmons in a South Seattle neighborhood while investigating a stolen car. The jury also determined that Kelly saw Clemmons move his hands toward his waist before the officer opened fire, hitting Clemmons with four of seven gunshots.