The jury in an inquest into the fatal police shooting of Maurice Clemmons has ruled that the shooting was justified.


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An inquest jury has ruled that Seattle police Officer Benjamin L. Kelly believed he was in imminent danger when he fatally shot Maurice Clemmons on Dec. 1, ending a two-day manhunt that started when Clemmons ambushed four officers in Pierce County.


Answering a series of questions, the six-member jury was unanimous in its finding that Kelly had reason to fear for his life when he encountered Clemmons in a South Seattle neighborhood while investigating a stolen car. The jury also determined that Kelly saw Clemmons move his hands toward his waist before the officer opened fire, hitting Clemmons with four of seven gunshots.