Officer who shot Clemmons wins national award

Officer who shot Clemmons wins national award

Credit: KING

Seattle Police Officer Benjamin Kelly

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

SEATTLE -  The Seattle police officer who shot cop-killer Maurice Clemmons has been named the Officer of the Month for March by the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial Fund.

Benjamin Kelly killed Clemmons in a confrontation on Dec. 1, two days after he killed four Lakewood officers.

A King County inquest jury decided Wednesday that Kelly had reason to fear for his life when he shot Clemmons. Clemmons was reaching for a gun that he had taken from one of the slain officers.

Kelly is a five-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. He'll be honored at an awards luncheon during National Police Week next year in Washington, D.C.

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