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Officer's estate sues Clemmons' associates

The estate of late Lakewood police officer Tina Griswold has sued the seven people who allegedly helped her killer before and after he shot to death Griswold and three of her colleagues last year.

Olympia attorney Michael Hanbey filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Pierce County Superior Court last week.

The suit names as defendants Latanya Clemmons, Eddie Lee Davis, Douglas Davis, Rickey Hinton, Quiana Williams, Letrecia Nelson and Darcus Allen.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Clemmons, Hinton, Williams, Nelson and the Davises with multiple counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance for allegedly providing aid to Maurice Clemmons after he shot Griswold, Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Greg Richards and Ronald Owens at a Parkland coffee shop Nov. 29.

Allen is charged with four counts of aggravated first-degree murder. Prosecutors contend he drove Maurice Clemmons to and from the coffee shop that day, knowing that Clemmons intended to attack police.

All the defendants have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

The lawsuit claims that the defendants conspired with Maurice Clemmons to “accomplish the unlawful killing of Tina-Mae Griswold and other law enforcement officers” and “intentionally undertook actions to avoid apprehension by law enforcement authorities” after Griswold’s death.

It seeks “general, special and consequential damages.”

Maurice Clemmons allegedly told the defendants in the days before the massacre that he intended to shoot police officers, according to court documents.

He subsequently was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer 42 hours after the attack.

The lawsuit is thought to be the first stemming from the shooting.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644

adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com

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