Conn. man wanted for murder killed by police in SC

Vamond Elmore

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP/WTNH) — A man wanted on a murder charge in Norwalk. Conn., has been shot and killed by police outside a motel in St. George.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that 37-year-old Vamond Elmore was holding a gun as he tried to run away Tuesday morning from a hotel room near Interstate 95. Authorities say officers shouted for him to drop the gun, but he turned it toward them instead and was killed. Elmore was accused of killing Jimmy Martinez on May 15, 2014.

U.S. marshals, Dorchester County deputies and State Law Enforcement Division agents were working together to arrest Elmore. Charleston County deputies are investigating the shooting, and said two SLED agents fired on Elmore. Investigators say Elmore had family around St. George.

According to information released later, “acting on information developed during a six-week investigation members of Operation Intercept, a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, along with members of SLED and the Dorchester Co. Sheriff’s Office, approached the Southern Inn II hotel located in St. George, S.C., at approximately 11:15 a.m. looking for Connecticut fugitive Vamond Arqui Elmore, 37, wanted in connection with a murder occurring in Norwalk, CT in May of this year.”

“Elmore was observed by members of the task force exiting a hotel room and rapidly departing on foot with a pistol in his hand. Elmore did not obey commands of law enforcement to drop the gun and after turning toward task force officers Elmore sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to MUSC hospital,” authorities said.  Elmore was wanted by both the U.S. Marshals and the Norwalk Police Department as a suspect in a homicide in Norwalk on May 15. In addition to the murder charge, warrants were also issued for Elmore for criminal possession of a pistol, criminal use of a firearm, theft of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and violation of his federal supervised release.

Officials said that in June 2005 Elmore was convicted in Washington, D.C. federal court for unlawful possession of a weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 92 months in prison.

“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.


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