A prosecutor has cleared two State Law Enforcement Division agents of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a murder suspect outside a St. George hotel last month.
The July 22 incident occurred after investigators caught up to 37-year-old Vamond Elmore, who was wanted for murder in Norwalk, Connecticut, at a hotel near Interstate 95 in Dorchester County. A spokesman with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that about 20 deputies, SLED agents, and U.S. Marshals were on the scene. The spokesman said the SLED agents opened fire after Elmore came out of a hotel room and pointed a pistol at one of the agents.
In a letter to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office released Monday, First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said the two agents acted in accordance with the law, noting that Elmore had a lengthy and violent criminal history. He said the two SLED agents had identified themselves as law enforcement
“(The SLED 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,” Pascoe wrote. He added the two men had identified themselves as law enforcement shortly before Elmore pointed the weapon at them.
Normally SLED investigates officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, but the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was handling the case to avoid a conflict of interest.
“The one thing this incident does establish is the danger law enforcement officers face every day,” Pascoe wrote, adding that his office now considers the matter closed.