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.”

Luca D. June 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
@Stacie, you misunderstand my comment. A soldier or a police officer begins his task each day knowing that his job is to protect and serve and potentially give his life for yours, that of your children or your husband. The reality of war, however, have taught skills and reactions which first responders must recognize so as not to escalate a volatile situation.
Nose Wayne June 18, 2012 at 06:45 PM
All, if you read todays paper or watch the news,this man was a great policeman and a gulf war veteran. He had kids and was recently divorced from his wife, Unfortunely all the stress came together an he snapped. Don't see how Clifton PD did not see this coming but some people hide these things and everyonr thinks everything is ok. Glad to see know one was seriously hurt.Can only hope and pray for his family. He's been thru hell and back.
DJ June 18, 2012 at 06:57 PM
what a joke... I just read through your comments and you need to relax and stop bringing politics into every post. DO you even read what you write? "Yes it is a chosen profession" your next sentence is "by saying it is a chosen profession is an ignorant statement.." this isn't about you or your political agenda, so you should go take it to a place where you can get something accomplished. Worst poster in this whole thread.
stacie bohr June 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
First of all FL...you need to slow down and take a deep breath. I have no political motivation in my comment. It is my observation and it not solely based on this article. I have the utmost respect for our service men and women, our law enforcement, fire fighters EMTs, what have you. And you are correct...I couldnt do what they do and nor would I want to. This is a place where people are entitled to an opinion and should be allowed to express them and even be challenged on them without being insulted and told their point of view is BS. I understand you are passionate, just dont be disrespectful to me because my point of view because it doesn't match yours.
stacie bohr June 18, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I took no issue with your post, Luca. I understand and fully respect the risks that these people take. And most of all, appreciate them!
stacie bohr June 18, 2012 at 07:16 PM
This is ridiculous. Mike, if that's what you got out of what I said, why don't you go have a good, long exhausting chat with FL. I am nothing but respectful but have no patience for people like you or him. My 10 year provides more engaging dialogue.
Mike H June 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM
back off stacie, i'm a scientist!
stacie bohr June 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM
And I should care why? It doesnt matter if you just split an atom. Books don't make smart people Mike and you just proved that. And I never back off. I think you're just trying to get my goat so I will entertain you?
stacie bohr June 18, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I haven't heard a scientist use the word "dis" in quite sometime.
Jay Kaz June 19, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Nose Wayne June 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
JC,LIGHTING UP!! I was making a joke not a threat!! I don't make threats, like to kid around here because people like you take everything THREATING!! Was just kidding with Mike to ,but I think he understands that. Everybody needs to SMILE, makes people wonder what you are up to !!
Russ Crespolini (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Folks, lets keep the comments civil here ok? Everyone has a right to an opinion and of course joking is always welcome but lets try to keep on target and not attack each other. One interesting point though, Nose...Stacie really can't "go back" to Long Valley Patch. This story is posted across multiples communities and multiple sites so there are no "home field." You're all visitors.
Nose Wayne June 19, 2012 at 02:33 AM
THANK YOU RUSS!! I thought Wayne Patch only had posts by Wayne and local residents only. I try to be HUMOROUS, just like my posts. Sorry if I offend anyone, But people need to lighten up and don't take things so seriously. Remind me anytime I get alittle out of control. Just try to make a bad day better, THANKS !!
Russ Crespolini (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I got ya. Sometimes when we mix Patch communities we are unfamiliar with who is the jokester and who who takes it all so seriously. I really enjoyed the conversation, the debate and the jokes...even the puns. So please keep it up. And thanks for writing.
Who Is John Galt June 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Stacie, no one is saying more the lives are more valuable. It is the sacrifice that is "valuable" a Police Officer is one of the only people in the entire world that would actually lay his life down for you. Not only you, but even a scum bag criminal who may have even spit at the very same cop the day before. All it takes is a call for help and that officer runs towards gunfire and whatever else to save ANYONE who is in trouble. That is remarkable and it is that sacrifice that we honor when they are killed. These officers risk it ALL, their spouses, parents, and children suffer the consequences so yours don't have to. And before you or anyone else says it, no its not what they're paid to do. They are paid to enforce the laws and keep order NOT to get killed. Nobody is PAID to die! But, risk it all they will, for ANYONE. That deserves a certain amount of respect from society. Sorry if it bothers you when people show that respect for that level of bravery and sacrifice!
Nose Wayne June 19, 2012 at 04:50 AM
John, Don't forget "FIREMEN', only difference is they don't carry guns !!
stacie bohr June 19, 2012 at 07:17 AM
No disrespect was intended.
FLSPIRIT June 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
@ who is john galt - VERY WELL SAID!!!!! People just don't give a damn unril they need a Cop
Hookerman June 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Who is John Gait; if you respect police officers so much, why are defending the guy who was shooting at a bunch of them??? If this guy wanted to kill himself, he could have done it without trying to take a bunch of fellow cops with him.
James P. Page June 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Unions protect worthless employees, and if one doesn't know someone in the Union you are not getting in.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Hey everyone, Thanks for the lively discussion. Let's keep personal attacks, name calling, and profanity off this thread, please. If the discussion continues to go off-topic or violates our terms and conditions, we'll have to close the comments section. Thanks!
Nose Wayne June 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Sorry Jason if I offended anyone. Had a conversation with Russ from Patch (see earlier post) Some people (shameful) get a little carried away sometimes.BAD BOY !!
resident June 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Jason, Being it is a sensitive are and the clifton officer does have family and relatives, perhaps the site should come down. I think there has been enough said!
Who Is John Galt June 20, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Hookerman, what are you talking about!?!? I think this guy is the worst type of scum. He is a traitor, who tried to kill the very people who would have DIED for him. He should rot under the jail. I am most certainly NOT defending him!!!
Quin June 20, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Okay, so if a person has been overseas, killed who knows how many, not seen his family for months, possibly inhaled trace amounts of poisonus substances, and constantly worried that his Pepsi is about to explode, WHY is he a police officer. Once your'e a vet, the Governmrnt should allow you to retire. And pay fot it.
Hookerman 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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