Thursday, July 24, 2014
A man accused of murder in Connecticut was shot and killed in St. George as the U.S. Marshals closed in, and the coroner is calling it “suicide by cop.”
According to a press release from the marshals, Vamond Arqui Elmore, 37, was located at the Southern Inn II hotel on July 22.
He was wanted for a May 15 homicide, among other charges, and had extensive family ties in the Dorchester County area, according to the marshals.
The marshals, SLED agents and Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies saw Elmore leave his hotel room with gun in hand; they ordered him to drop the gun but he turned toward law enforcement and was shot, according to the press release.
The Norwalk Hour, a Connecticut paper, reported in May that Elmore was known as “Wooley King,” and had a long and violent history that included arrests for armed robbery, threatening a witness and assault.
At the time of his death he stood accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Jimmy “Flaco” Martinez in the streets of Norwalk.
“It is unfortunate that shots were required during the arrest of Mr. Elmore. The citizens of South Carolina are now safer due to the hard work and dedication of our local law enforcement. I cannot be more proud of the cooperative efforts and interagency support of our state, local and federal law enforcement agencies,” Kelvin Washington, the U.S. marshal for the District of South Carolina said.
Elmore was taken to MUSC and later died. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said criminals who confront law enforcement while holding a gun shouldn’t be surprised at the results.
“I stand behind Law Enforcement personnel in the decisions that were made and will not tolerate the lives of law enforcement personnel to be jeopardized due to the lack of common sense by known criminals,” Nisbet said.
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