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US cops use explosions in search for killer.

Summary: Police searching for the killer of four officers used explosions to encourage a man to give himself up.

Police searching for the killer of four officers have used explosions and a loudspeaker to encourage a man apparently holed up in a Seattle house to give himself up.

The officers were killed in an execution-style ambush at a coffee shop in Washington state.

The man they want to question is 37 year old Maurice Clemmons, with Pierce County sheriff's office telling reporters that he is one of several people investigators want to talk to and that he could not be called a suspect at this point.

The sheriff's office said Clemmons has an extensive violent criminal history from Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft. His 95-year prison sentence was commuted in Arkansas nearly a decade ago.

Clemmons was also recently arrested and charged in Washington state for a third-degree assault on a police officer and second-degree rape of a child.

Streets around the coffee shop were blocked off late on Sunday morning and a police helicopter hovered over a large crowd of investigators.

The victims have been named as Sergeant Mark Renninger, 39, Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Greg Richards, 42. All of the officers were reportedly married with children.

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