Clemmons shot and killed by Seattle police

Somehow, I suspect that the Seattle police wanted a different ending than this:

The man wanted in the fatal shooting of four police officers was shot and killed Tuesday in south Seattle after he challenged police who approached him, authorities said.

The Seattle police department confirmed to the Pierce County sheriff’s office that Maurice Clemmons was killed in the shooting, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The shooting took place about 2 a.m. It ended a two-day manhunt for Clemmons, 37, that began Sunday after an ambush-style killing of four police officers from Lakewood, about 40 miles south of Seattle.

It appears that Clemmons may have been wounded by one of the four police officers he murdered:

Witnesses say Clemmons was shot in the torso during the Sunday morning attack, and blood and gauze bandages were found in a truck linked to Clemmons, Troyer said.

Under the circumstances, taking Clemmons alive would have been unlikely, especially with his “erratic” thinking, as he himself admitted to his sister.  Still, when police shoot a suspect in the murders of other officers, accusations and lawsuits tend to fly, as police officers themselves know.  The officers in this shooting will be grilled endlessly by their internal-affairs division and by attorneys in the eventual wrongful-death lawsuit.

They would have preferred an uneventful surrender, but Clemmons apparently was determined to go out in a blaze of hatred and insanity.  And so he did.