Officers fatally shot an armed Connecticut murder suspect outside a St. George motel Tuesday morning, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
The U.S. Marshals Service identified the man who was shot as Vamond Arqui Elmore, 37. He was a suspect in a homicide in Norwalk, Conn., in May.
Elmore was known to have extensive family ties in Dorchester County, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Marshals, SLED agents and Dorchester County deputies went to the Southern Inn about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday to apprehend Elmore. The hotel is on Winningham Road, which is off Jim Bilton Boulevard just west of I-95.
Officers spotted Elmore walking out of a room with a pistol in his hand, according to the news release. He refused to stop or drop his gun and was shot when he turned toward officers, according to the release. He died at Medical University Hospital.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate the shooting, the sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said. Two SLED agents fired the shots, he said.
Elmore was wanted on charges of murder, criminal possession of a pistol, criminal use of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and a parole violation.
He was on parole after being convicted in Connecticut in 2005 of unlawful possession of a weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon, for which he was sentenced to 92 months.
Elmore was known by the street name Wooley King in the Norwalk area and had a long criminal record of robberies and weapons violations, according to The Hour, the local newspaper.
Elmore was accused of shooting Jimmy "Flaco" Martinez, 43, in the area of 16 Leonard St., Norwalk, at 2:16 a.m. on May 15.
Andrew Knapp contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.
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