Griswold family lets claim against Pierce County stand

Lakewood – The estate of slain Lakewood police officer Tina Griswold plans to let its claim for damages against Pierce County stand for now.

Olympia lawyer Michael Hanbey said Monday that he filed the $48 million claim on behalf of the estate Friday.

Griswold’s family contends Pierce County contributed to her death by failing to monitor calls Maurice Clemmons made from jail in which he threatened to kill police when released. Those calls came to light after Clemmons shot Griswold and her colleagues, Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Greg Richards and Ronald Owens, to death Nov. 29 at a Parkland coffee shop.

The estates of Renninger, Richards and Owens prepared similar claims totaling $134 million against the county but abandoned them Friday after the public responded with outrage.

Hanbey said Monday that he and his clients still are discussing whether to withdraw the claim. In the meantime, he said, he is moving forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against seven people accused of helping Clemmons.