'Cop's cop' fires on other officers with rifle after barricading himself

Was having personal problems, SWAT team responded; surrendered after talking with negotiators


By Jason Nark
Philadelphia Daily News

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — When Patrick Ciser pictures "police officer" in his head, when he wonders whom he'd want by his side if things ever got hairy out in the field, there's only one man. Richard "Klem" Klementovich.

That's why Ciser, a retired lieutenant with the Clifton, N.J., Police Department, was heartsick that Klementovich, whom he supervised for years in the Passaic County town, had holed himself up Sunday on his quiet Doylestown street of half-million-dollar homes, firing shots at fellow officers. He finally surrended to police at midnight without incident, after a 10-hour standoff.

"I do know he was having personal problems," Ciser said. "I just hope the brothers in PA are OK. I'm really totally taken aback by this." Police were called to 25 Bittersweet Drive in Doylestown at 1:44 p.m. for a report of a neighbor dispute. Klementovich, a Gulf War veteran, began firing shots at officers when they arrived. One officer was injured by shrapnel.

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