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Neighbors could hear shots, hid in homes for hours

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 17 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2012 06:30:15 PM CDT

Sunday's standoff between an off-duty police officer and SWAT teams was terrifying for people who live in the Doylestown Twp. neighborhood where it happened.

Sunday's standoff between an off-duty police officer and SWAT teams was terrifying for people who live in the Doylestown Twp. neighborhood where it happened. The following day, as crime scene investigators continued collecting evidence, they were trying to process the incident that rocked their quiet neighborhood.

A closer look at the area where the standoff took place reveals just how terrifying it must have been.

"I could hear four rounds," said Linda Wilson, who lives across the street from the house where Clifton, N.J., officer Richard Klementovich opened fire on officers responding to a 911 call. "I went on my deck four times and heard the shots. I couldn't even believe what was going on."

Wilson spent the next ten hours holed up in her basement, as snipers took positions in her yard.

"They were all in my mulch, with their guns, pointed over here this way," she said.

But what neighbors aren't saying is louder than what they are. Many, eager to talk during the standoff, are now asking for privacy. They are, no doubt, trying to process why their neighbor's estranged husband -- a decorated police officer -- would allegedly turn their quiet street into an ambush for fellow cops.

"It's just really scary, you know?", said Brenna McNally, who lives several doors down.

Neighbors said, of course this has changed the area. How could it not? But they hope maybe something good can come out of this.

"Definitely, I think it's brought us all closer together," said McNally.

Neighbors said their main goal now is helping Klementovich's wife and two young kids.

"I think everybody will be glad to put this past us, and we'll help them, whatever they can to help her get back on her feet," said Wilson.

McNally added: "Everyone's just kind of worried about the family and keeping them in their prayers."

One thing is certain though: this once quiet suburban community's innocence, at least for now, is gone.