Clifton Officer In Doylestown Standoff Was Ready To Die
An armed Clifton cop who barricaded himself for nearly 10 hours in Doylestown, Pennsylvania was prepared for his life to end according to an email he sent to his wife before Sunday’s standoff and in his actions leading to the Father’s Day standoff.
According to an arrest affidavit, 42-year-old Richard Klementovich wrote in an email to his wife, “I get angry. Angry at this job and law enforcement. And it is them who I will take out my anger on. They will do the job I couldn’t and take my life … I hope whomever comes to our house is ready to die tomorrow because I will be.” He also admitted to taking steroids.
He also sent a text to his parents during the standoff that read, “This is the way I want to die.”
A source from the Clifton police department tells the Star Ledger that Klementovich has been off the job with a back injury. He began giving away items from his locker at Clifton police headquarters and was “exhibiting some strange behavior.”
Police say Klementovich called them as the standoff began. Acting Doylestown Police Chief Dean Logan says an envelope was found in the driveway addressed to police that said Klementovich was an officer and had 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Officers were soon under fire, and one suffered minor injuries.
Klementovich was taken into custsody around midnight after police were called to the Bucks County home of his estranged wife around 3PM on Sunday afternoon and he began to shoot at police.
He is being held on $1million bail in the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown on 80 counts of assault and attempted murder,
Klementovich surrendered with help from Clifton Township police. In a statement, the Clifton department said that he began work there on January 5, 1998. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army (Airborne Divison) and is a veteran of the Gulf War. Officer Klementovich, a father of two, was assigned to the Patrol Division for nearly 15 years and was a decorated officer who received numerous commendations throughout his tenure with this agency.