SLED agents cleared in fatal July murder suspect shooting

Published: Aug. 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 at 6:08 PM EDT
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A pair of SLED agents who fatally wounded a murder suspect outside a St. George hotel in June have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

The agents attempted to make a lawful arrest in June of suspect Vamond Elmore, who was wanted in connection with a murder in Connecticut.

The agents "acted with the good faith belief that Elmore posed a significant risk of injury or death to themselves as well as other officers and citizens in the area," First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe wrote in a letter to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and SLED.

Pascoe wrote that Elmore had reportedly told an acquaintance in Connecticut that he was not going back to jail and would kill the first police officer who tried to arrest him.

"Mr. Elmore's intent to escape at all cost is demonstrated by his actions and own words to his acquaintance in Connecticut. The First Circuit Solicitor's Office considers this matter closed," Pascoe wrote.

According to the US Marshals service, members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, SLED agents and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office approached a hotel in Winningham Road searching for Elmore, based on information developed during a six-week investigation.

A US Marshals report stated 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 where he died of his injuries.

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