Off-Duty Clifton Cop In Shootout With Pa. Police, Authorities Say

The shooter was identified as Richard Klementovich, 42, an officer from the Clifton Police Department. WPVI-TV in Pennsylvania reported that the house belongs to Klementovich's estranged wife.

UPDATE: Off-Duty Clifton Police Officer Planned Suicide by Cop, Court Papers Say


DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — An off-duty Clifton police officer opened fire on officers responding to a domestic dispute at the home of his estranged wife Sunday, touching off an hours-long standoff that included volleys of gunfire, authorities in Pennsylvania said.

Authorities identified the shooter as Richard Klementovich, 42, who has been a police officer since 1993. State pension records show Klementovich is also a veteran.

Klementovich struck two police vehicles with gunfire, including an armored personnel carrier, authorities said. He was armed with long guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition, police said.

Klementovich surrendered to police just before midnight Sunday, authorities said. WPVI-TV reported that the house belongs to Klementovich's estranged wife.

One police officer was injured when he was struck in the face with concrete after one of Klementovich's rounds struck a curb, Chief David Mettin of the Pennridge Regional Police Department said.

"We want to see this come to a safe conclusion," Mettin said. Police said they do not believe that anyone else is in the house with Klementovich.

Police first responded to the scene at 1:44 p.m. The first shots were fired at about 1:58 p.m, police said.

"They’re trained for this. They are the best. Hopefully everything is going to be ok," said Barbara Lyons, chairperson of the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors.

The Star-Ledger reported that members of the Clifton police department were at the scene and worked with local authorities. Klementovich, a veteran of the first Gulf War, has been a Clifton Police Officer since 1998.

Many residents of the neighborhood remained secluded in their homes as the standoff continued down the street. 

Around 2 p.m., John Marabella was working at replacing a door at his home on Radcliff Drive, when he heard a series of gunshots, one after the other.

Gunshots actually aren’t that unusual in their neighborhood, since they live not far from a rifle range operated by the Bucks County Fish & Game Association.

“At first I thought it was the gun club,” Marabella said. “But then something just told me that it wasn’t.”

“You don’t hear rapid fire like that,” his wife, Rosann, chimed in. “They don’t allow it.”

Chuck Ruff June 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM
No, I would not say that at all, and do not presume to speak for me. I would never blame the police for failing to check a random person who was not breaking the law, nor showing any signs of being intoxicated. Do you support the police conducting random searches of homes without a warrant or cause? If not, then how is a random DUI checkpoint any different?
Who Is John Galt June 23, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Brad Not, You are definitely not as smart as you think you are.
Hungry June 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Patch Editors ... don't you think its about time to shut this comments section down and move on to something else? Clearly those that insist on babbling has caused the dialogue to deterioriate beyond any useful or interesting purpose. Thanks.
Dhanae Rubio June 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
All you crybabies need to stop whining! Like it or leave it, Police Officers are agressive in general, it is a trait that helps them perform a job most people take for granted (and one most people could not REASONABLY do). Only the most oblivious person would neglect to notice that officers look out for each other (New Jersey is the gaudy-gold-shield-in-the-winshield capital of the world). The biggest problems people have with the police are those with a "God complex". It's true the old saying: "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely". While many officers are some of the most caring people in the world, "one bad apple spoils the bunch". When you are backed by the thin blue line of fellow officers, the courts, the prosecutor, the unions and imesureable amounts of tax income, it becomes easy to forget that you are not above the law. You can bash my thoughts all you want, but before you do, answer the following question: "If an office worker is verbally wreckless towards a client he or she is held accountable, where is the same oversight within a police enviornment?" "I'll promise to avoid being offended by your closed mind if you promise to avoid being offended by my open one" --Gen Pulaski "It's nice to be important, but it's important to be nice" --Hal Jackson .
MissS June 24, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I wanted to put this comment close to yours Mei. If that was a joke, it's not funny. I'm guessing you don't have any officers in your family or you're not lucky enough to be friends with one. Comparing a police officer's job to the danger you put other drivers in on the roads is ridiculous and absurd.


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