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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Jan. 23, 2012

www.atf.gov

Contact: Special Agent Donald Dawkins

Public Information Officer, ATF

(313) 407-6018 Cell

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information on Shooting of Macomb County Correctional Officer

DETROIT – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individual (s) responsible for the homicide of Macomb County Correctional Officer, Clarence Hammond, said David McCain, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the ATF Detroit Field Division

On Jan. 14, at approximately midnight Macomb County Correctional Officer Clarence Hammond was fatally shot in the parking lot of his apartment complex, 31597 Harlo St., Madison Heights, Mich. According to witnesses Hammond was approached in an apparent robbery attempt, then struck with a firearm and shot once in the head. None of Hammond’s belongings were taken in this crime. A gray mini-van was identified as a possible vehicle at the scene. At the time of the shooting, Hammond was wearing his Michigan Department of Corrections uniform.

In addition to the ATF reward, the Michigan Corrections Organization is offering $5,000 and Crime Stoppers is offering $3,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual (s) responsible for the homicide, bringing the total reward to $13,500.

This cowardly act of violence against a law enforcement officer or any person in our community will not be tolerated, said McCain. This heinous act coupled with an armed suspect still at large precipitated our offer of assistance to the Madison Heights Police Department.

ATF, the Madison Heights Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s assistance in bringing the person or persons responsible for this crime to justice. Anyone with information is encouraged to call ATF at 1-800 ATF-GUNS (1-800- 283-4867), the Madison Heights Police Department at 248- 585-2100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP (1 800- 773-2587)

This is a joint investigation between ATF and the Madison Heights Police Department.

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency at the frontline combating violent crime with jurisdiction for investigating firearms related crimes and violent crimes. More information on ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov. Follow ATF on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ATFHQ.

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