ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Dorchester County Coroner's Office say a Connecticut murder suspect who was shot by authorities in St. George intentionally engaged officers which led to his death in St. George.
Coroner Chris Nisbet said due to statements prior to the incident and his own investigation, he found that 37-year-old Vamond Arqui Elmore's death was a suicide. Nisbet said Elmore died due to a gunshot wound to the head.
According to Nisbet, when SLED agents and US Marshals attempted to arrest Elmore, he confronted law enforcement with a deadly weapon which resulted in him being fatally shot.
Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say Elmore died at the hospital after SLED agents shot him when he showed a weapon.
Elmore was wanted in connection with a murder in Norwalk this past May.
According to the US Marshals Service, at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force along with members of SLED and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office approached the Southern Inn II hotel on 114 Winningham Road looking for Elmore.
US Marshals Service officials say authorities were acting on information developed during a six-week investigation .
A US Marshals report states Elmore was seen by members of the task force leaving a hotel room and "rapidly" leaving on foot with a pistol in his hand.
Authorities say 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.
CCSO officials said Elmore was shot by agents from the State Law Enforcement Division, and died of his injuries at the hospital.
Maj. Watson reported that SLED has requested that the sheriff's office conduct the investigation into the incident. Watson said the sheriff's office will collect the evidence and then send it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to process it since SLED is involved in the case.
Officials with the US Marshals Service say Elmore was wanted by their department and the Norwalk Connecticut Police Department as a suspect in a homicide that happened 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.
In June 2005, Elmore was convicted in federal court within the District of Connecticut for unlawful possession of a weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Elmore received a 92 month sentence for that offense.
US Marshals Service officials say Elmore was known to have extensive family ties to the Dorchester County area.
"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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