Dorchester County corner rules Conn. fugitive's slaying 'Suicide by Cop'

Vamond Elmore

A Connecticut murder suspect who was fatally shot after showing a gun to officers trying to arrest him outside a St. George motel Tuesday morning died by "suicide by cop," according to the coroner's ruling.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet released his ruling Wednesday: "Cause of death: Laceration to Brain Due to Gun Shot Wound to Head Due to Suicide by Cop, Manner Being Suicide."

"In my 24 years of being in the Coroner's Office, I have ruled this way several times and stood by my findings ever time," Nisbet said in a statement. "Being a Criminal and choosing to confront Law Enforcement with a deadly weapon, what is one to think the result will be?"

Vamond Arqui Elmore, 37, was a suspect in a May homicide in Norwalk, Conn., according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He was know to have relatives in Dorchester County. A group of marshals, Dorchester County deputies and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division went to the Southern Inn in St. George to arrest Elmore about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Elmore came out and faced the officers with a gun, and two SLED agents shot him, according to Maj. Eric Watson with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, which was called in to investigate the shooting.

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