Cop Vs Cops

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Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:58pm

Off-duty New Jersey police officer surrenders to Pennsylvania police after 12-hour standoff sparked by domestic dispute.

An armed, off-duty Clifton New Jersey police officer surrendered to police Sunday after barricading himself inside a Doylestown, Pennsylvania home for several hours.

The suspect, Richard Klementovich, 42, surrendered to police shortly before midnight.

Police say he was holed up in the home of his estranged wife for nearly ten hours.

Klementovich was the only person inside the home during the standoff.

Police were called to the residence around 1:44 p.m. to break up an alleged dispute between neighbors.

It escalated into a standoff and a SWAT team moved armored vehicles into the backyard.

On Monday morning acting Doylestown Police Chief Dean Logan told reporters that Klementovich himself had made the original emergency call.

Logan says that when police arrived they found a letter addressed to Doylestown Police laying in the driveway allegedly from Klementovich that stated that he was a police officer and had nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

Police wouldn't discuss the specifics of the letter.

Logan said that after that officer backed up from the area that the off-duty cop began shooting from the windows at police officers.

"It was just like pow, pow, pow…it was like a rifle. I must have heard 50 shots," said Dawn Keely, who is a neighbor.

One Doylestown officer was suffered minor injuries from shrapnel, Logan said.

The shots struck two patrol cars and an armored vehicle as well as a neighbor's car, according to Logan.

Officers warned other residents to lock themselves in the basement or leave immediately.

About a dozen residents were displaced.

The Chief says that police returned fire but that it still isn't clear how many rounds were fired.

Klementovich was dressed in tactical equipment -- anticipating a police response, Logan told reporters.

Klementovich was arraigned at 4:30 a.m. Monday on 85 different charges including multiple counts of assault and criminal attempt-criminal homicide, according to court records.

The Clifton, New Jersey resident was detained in county jail after he was unable to post 10-percent of $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for August 2, according to court documents.

Logan said police don't know what sparked the incident.

Klementovich and his estranged wife are involved in a bitter divorce, according to friends.
 

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