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Cop accused of firing at other officers headed to trial

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 22 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 23 2012 05:44:01 PM CDT

From New Jersey cop to a man on trial, Richard Klementovich, the man who barricaded himself in a Bucks County house then fired at police, was in court Thursday.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -

From New Jersey cop to a man on trial, Richard Klementovich, the man who barricaded himself in a Bucks County house then fired at police, was in court Thursday.

Inside Richard Klementovich's Bucks County preliminary hearing, 10 different cops took the stand.

Most testified Klementovich, a New Jersey Police officer, put them in his crosshairs earlier this summer.

"He wanted death by cop. It was a suicide attempt but wanted the police to do it," said defense attorney Robert Hoopes.

On Father's Day Klementovich barricaded himself in his estranged wife's Doylestown home. Armed with guns, and more than 2,000 rounds of ammo, he engaged police in a 10 hour standoff, police said.

In court several officers recounted taking heavy fire from Klementovich. A police SUV is now damaged with bullet holes. It was hit while being backed out of the driveway. Another officer testified to being pounded by gunfire inside an armored car.

No matter what the prosecution says, Klementovich's defense team said there is no way he would shoot and kill another cop.

His defense team questioned witnesses on where the bullets were landing and if they were shot at in vulnerable positions.

Klementovich is a decorated officer and is also a Gulf War Vet.

"If he wanted to he could shoot a button off a guy at a 1,000 yards," defense attorney Jeff Simms said.

Court records show he was allegedly using steroids and going through a divorce. On the day of the stand-off officers say an envelope addressed to police from Klementovich was on the driveway, telling them he was an officer, had scoped rifles and was ready to die.

"This was a cry for help, a real cry for help from our client," Simms said.

Before the hearing, the prosecution dropped Klementovich's criminal attempted homicide count from 14-6.

A jury will now decide if this was an act of desperation or intent to kill.