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Spokesman: Suspect in officers' death still alive. Police search house in Renton

SEATTLE, Wash. - Police surrounded a house in the Renton area Monday night as they continue the hunt for suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons according to the Seattle Times.

The Times reported a relative of Clemmons lives at the house and was taken into custody, but authorities are still looking for Clemmons, according a law enforcement source.

The relative is believed to have helped Clemmons elude capture, a police source told the Times. Clemmons has been getting help and shelter from friends and relatives since shortly after the Sunday morning shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers.

Later Monday night the Seattle Times and several other Seattle area news agencies reported through their Twitter accounts that Police did not find Clemmons in the home and was still at large.

A Pierce County sheriff's spokesman says authorities believe the Clemmons is still alive and has been aided by a network of friends and family.
     
Spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday night that police have questioned several people who had provided assistance to Maurice Clemmons since the Sunday morning shootings. Troyer says investigators now think Clemmons is on his own.
    
Officers have said they believe Clemmons was shot in the abdomen during the attack on the officers at a Parkland coffee shop.
     
Troyer also says police are certain Clemmons was in a Seattle house late Sunday night, but was able to flee before police could contain the area. Police staked out the house overnight before SWAT team members determined early Monday that Clemmons wasn't there.

Wash. lawmaker to hold hearing on officer deaths

One Washington state lawmaker says he wants to hold a public hearing to look into why a man accused of fatally shooting four Lakewood police officers was out on the streets.
     
Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, questioned why Maurice Clemmons was free despite a criminal history in both Washington and Arkansas, and said "something in the system clearly failed."
     
Hurst says the Legislature "take every possible action and leave no stone unturned in their resolution to see that an event like this never happens again."
     
Hurst is the chairman of the House Public Safety Committee.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

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