Detective hurt on way to arrest Clemmons associate

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 3 at 7:40 AM

TACOMA, Wash. - A detective was hospitalized Wednesday night after working to make an arrest in the murders of four Lakewood police officers.

The detective was in a car with two other detectives when the car was hit in the 7400 block of River Road near Puyallup just before 7 p.m. The injured detective, with the Tacoma Police Department, was with two other detectives on their way to make an arrest on an associate of suspected killer Maurice Clemmons.

Another car made a U-turn in front of them, causing the collision.

The detective suffered an injury to her arm and shoulder. She was taken to Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma. She was expected to be released Thursday night.

The other detectives, from Tacoma and Pierce County, walked away with bumps and bruises.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Det. Ed Troyer, says the associate"will get another night of freedom", and be arrested Thursday after the detective is released from the hospital. Troyer says the detectives have been working around the clock to track down Clemmons' suspected helpers and the department wants to give them the opportunity to make the arrest.

It would be the seventh arrest in the case since Maurice Clemmons allegedly murdered four Lakewood Police Officers on Sunday.  Troyer adds that more arrests are possible.

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