Friday, August 1, 2014

Killer Cops: The Vamond Elmore Case

By:  Marshall Ramsey II, U.S. Correspondent

SAINT GEORGE, SC (WorthyNews) -- A very interesting week and a half in the life of Saint George, SC.  A man wanted in Connecticut for murder was murdered by law enforcement officials from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The man's name was Vamond Elmore.  The crime he was charged with was murder.  What actually happened is far worse:  Vamond Elmore was murdered by the very people that are supposed to protect us from people like Mr. Elmore.

Below is a story I wrote on paper on July 24, 2014, just two days after Mr. Elmore was killed.  This is not a pretty story.  Quite possibly, it is one that will have you looking over your shoulder as you drive down the street, suspecting every police encounter you have or see.  It involves law enforcement officials in four different jurisdictions, up to and including the United States Marshals Service.  Here goes...

       On July 22, Vamond Elmore, 37, of Norwalk, CT, was killed by two agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) outside of the Southern Inn motel around 11:15 AM.  Mr. Elmore was wanted for murder in Connecticut in the killing of Jimmy 'Flaco' Martinez.  By many accounts, Elmore got what he deserved.  However, conflicting official stories suggest something far more disturbing.

       I am not trying to take away anything from the family and friends of Jimmy Martinez, nor am I trying to excuse Mr. Elmore's alleged actions.  If Vamond Elmore killed Jimmy Martinez in cold blood then he needed to be brought to justice.  However, cops with a taste for blood are a far greater danger.

       On May 15, 2014, Jimmy 'Flaco' Martinez was found dead at 2:16 AM on Leonard Street in central Norwalk.  An arrest warrant for Mr. Elmore was obtained on May 28th for Vamond Arqui Elmore, known by the street name, Wooley King.  U.S. Marshal deputies, assisted by SLED agents, approached the Southern Inn where Elmore was staying, whom they had been tracking for some time.

       According to Major Eric Watson of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), a foot chase was begun between Mr. Elmore and U.S. Marshals and SLED agents.  Mr. Elmore then pulled out a handgun, "presented" it to the pursuing officers, and that's when the SLED agents opened fire, fatally wounding him.  Maj. Watson did not say if Mr. Elmore had fired a shot, and given the context of the statement he gave the Eagle-Record, a local newspaper, no shot can be said to have been fired by Mr. Elmore.

       Now let's look at the problems with this.

       Problem #1:  An unidentified woman staying at the motel at the time of the killing said she heard (she was in her room at the time of the incident) a single shot, which she thought at first was a firecracker, and a few seconds later she heard several shots in rapid succession, then silence.  All of this presents a continual flow of events from the first shot to the silence at the end of the several shots.

       The rapid succession shots undoubtedly belonged to the SLED agents.  But what about the single shot heard seconds before?  If Mr. Elmore did not fire a shot, as can be reasonably concluded from Major Watson's statement, and no other shots were reported except fromt he officers on the scene, one can only conclude that one of the officers (whether U.S. Marshals or SLED agents) on the scene fired that single shot.

       This, then, brings up a couple of issues:  1) Why did the "police" fire one shot, wait a few seconds, and then fire several more shots at Mr. Elmore?  2) Given the chain of events as given by the unidentified woman and backed up by Major Watson (CCSO), Mr. Elmore's death appears pre-meditated, meaning the U.S. Marshals who would have been in charge of Vamond Elmore's arrest since the crime committed by him originated in another state, had no intention of taking Mr. Elmore into custody.  Why?

       Given that SLED agents fired the successive shots at Mr. Elmore, it appears that SLED agents had knowledge of the intent of the U.S. Marshals and were willing participants in the murder of Mr. Elmore.

       Problem #2:  U.S. Marshals had been tracking Vamond Elmore for some time.  They only made a move on him after gaining certain information about him.  If the U.S. Marshals and SLED agents already knew where he was, why didn't they arrest him immediately?  What was this information they needed?  The only conclusion one can draw is that they were concerned about jurisdiction, that is, what police agency had jurisdiction over the Southern Inn.

       Being a security guard by paid profession, I learned in training that if a crime happens, depending on where it occurs, different law enforcement agencies take control of the investigation.  For example, if a crime happens inside city limits, then local police handle the case.  However, if a crime happens outside of city limits, then it becomes the particular county of occurrence's responsibility.  Since we already know that agents from the U.S. Marshals Service and SLED planned in advance to kill Mr. Elmore, it appears as though they were planning to either buy off the particular agency in whose jurisdiction the crime (US Marshals and SLED's) was committed, invite them to participate in the killing, or they were trying to avoid attention from an unfriendly law enforcement agency.

       Problem #3:  According to the article in the Eagle-Record, an unidentified local resident and his wife was going to have an early lunch at the Taco Bell across the street about the time Mr. Elmore was killed.  Upon seeing police in the parking lot of the hotel (motel according to other sources), he turned around and pulled into the BP gas station which is directly in front of the hotel (Southern Inn).  Upon seeing police beginning to tape off the crime scene and as EMS arrived, the man then walked up to Mr. Elmore's body and saw a "young, black man" lying spread eagle on his back, with blood "streaming" from his short dreadlocks.

       This man, if legitimate, appears to have been impersonating an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worker in an attempt to gain access to the crime scene.  Having had dealings with EMS services for family members, I can tell you that they all have some kind of visible marker identifying themselves as EMS.  This random citizen on his way to an early lunch would not have had such markers.

       A police officer with one eye would have been able to spot him, at which point the man would have been ejected from the crime scene.  This suggests the unidentified man was invited to be part of the action, which means that SLED and/or US Marshals contacted this man in advance and told him of their plans to kill Vamond Elmore and cover up the murder, to which he agreed.  This, in turn, means that United States Marshals (USM) and SLED knew Vamond Elmore was going to be in Saint George at this time and wanted him to be killed in St. George.  Why?  What is it about the town of Saint George that presented an ideal killing spot when USM could have killed him (Mr. Elmore) somewhere else?

       Problem #4:  The killing took place in upper Dorchester county, South Carolina, not in Charleston county, the jurisdiction of Maj. Watson.  According to the aforementioned article, in the Eagle-Record, within minutes of the shooting, both DCSO and CCSO officers were on the scene.  A map of Charleston county on reveals that Saint George is a long way away from any part of Charleston county.

       The term "within minutes" seems to imply a time frame of ten minutes or less.  Dorchester County sheriffs are one thing, but Charleston County sheriffs on the scene of a crime in Saint George within minutes is quite another.

        I drive almost 50 miles to work one way, five days a week.  Usually I take to Interstate travel due to a shorter travel time.  Even at the speed of 70 miles per hour (the maximum speed allowed on Interstates 26 & 95) it takes me over 30 minutes to get to work, not to mention the additional time it takes when speed limits are cut nearly in half for non-Interstate travel.

       In order for CCSO officers to reach the Southern Inn "within minutes," they could have been no more than 15 to 20 miles away at the time.  This would place them outside of their jurisdiction at the time they wee brought in to take over the investigation.  The only conclusion one can draw is that they also knew in advance that Vamond Elmore was going to be killed.

       With crime happening in one county and a different county in charge in charge of the investigation, jurisdictional issues arise.  The only way a law enforcement agency from one county can investigate a crime in another county, unless perhaps the crime starts inside the first county or happens on a county line, is that there be an agreement between the two counties for this investigation to take place.

       According to the article in the Eagle-Record, Charleston Sheriff "Al" Cannon agreed to oversee the investigation of the Vamond Elmore shooting "as his agency was not directly involved" in the incident and according to CCSO's Eric Watson, the two SLED agents who shot Mr. Elmore were placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the incident.  This tells us that:  1) There was an agreement between DCSO officials and Charleston County Sheriffs officials for CCSO to take over the investigation.  Given the speed with which Charleston County police arrived to the scene, that agreement must have been made in advance, with prior knowledge on the part of DCSO and CCSO officers that Mr. Elmore was going to be murdered; 2) Sheriff Cannon stated his agency was not "directly involved" in Mr. Elmore's shooting.  With this statement, Sheriff Cannon admits that he had prior knowledge of the events that unfolded on July 22, 2014, that resulted in the death of Vamond Elmore, and that his agency was involved.  This seems to indicate that Sheriff Cannon aided US Marshals (spelled Marshalls in the Eagle-Record account), SLED, and Dorchester County Sheriffs in the planning and/or cover up of Mr. Elmore's murder; 3) Given the speed with which the two SLED agents were placed on paid administrative leave suggests that top level South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officials knew in advance that questions would be asked about the details of Mr. Elmore's death and wanted to paint themselves in a good light before bad press could get out.  (The only time a SLED agent is placed on paid administrative leave is when an investigation is ongoing and questions about officer conduct have risen);

       But this is not the end of the matter.  We also have the contradictory statements made by police officials.  In one instance, as related by Major Watson, Vamond Elmore was outside the hotel room with his gun "tucked in" (presumably his pants) which he pulled out after a footrace had begun.  This statement was found in the July 24, 2014 edition of The Eagle-Record.  In another instance, in an article found in the July 23, 2014 edition of the Post & Courier, Mr. Elmore was seen walking out of his hotel room (motel in other articles), pistol in hand.  This statement appears to have been put out by the U.S. Marshals Service in a news release published by them.  Clearly someone is lying.

       Again, Mr. Elmore was in one article apparently dead at the scene of the shooting and his body flown to MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina), and in another article, he died at MUSC, meaning Mr. Elmore was still alive when the helicopter arrived to fly him there.  Another instance of contradictory statements.

       And yet again, in the Eagle-Record coverage of events, Mr. Elmore was pronounced dead of (gunshot) wounds.  In this account, parentheses are around the letter 's' in wounds.  This implies that Mr. Elmore died of a single gunshot wound , presumably to the head as evidenced by the blood "streaming" from Mr. Elmore's dreadlocks and the single shot heard by the unknown hotel guest, which was followed by a pause, and then the multiple shots in rapid succession fired by SLED agents.  Clearly, this was a carefully orchestrated event.

       Another question that needs to be asked is, "Why did evidence of the "shooting" get sent to the Georgia State Patrol?"  Prudence would dictate that the evidence be handled in-state, where results could be received in a more timely manner.  So why send the evidence to Georgia?  Perhaps the forensics department of SLED would be seen as being too obvious, meaning the intentions of the US Marshals, SLED, DCSO, and CCSO, were to kill Vamond Elmore and cover it up.

       According to another news source, it appears that Mr. Elmore may not be guilty of murder at all, but rather was guilty of selling illegal drugs.  In the source, Mr. Elmore appears to have been targeted for arrest in something called Operation Intercept.  Operation Intercept was a program started by former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1969 in an effort to curb the flow of marijuana from Mexico.  The program lasted for about 20 days.  At 37 years of age, this puts Vamond Elmore and his arrest for drugs way out of the range of possibility, thus lending further credence to the suggestion that his murder was planned in advance.

       But why St. George?  What is it about this area that seemed the ideal location?  Is there a connection between the town of Saint George and all these different agencies?

       Given that the murder was supposed to take place in South Carolina, in the town of Saint George, and news accounts making mention of the 'fact' that Mr. Elmore had extensive family connections in Dorchester County (If he really had so many family connections, why wasn't he staying with them?), perhaps the connection has to do with a person?

       The answer lies with me.  I am the connection.  Each agency involved in the Vamond Elmore murder has had me beforehand drawing a connection between themselves and criminal activity.

       From county and state law enforcement agencies all the way to the US Marshals Service, every agency involved had been implicated in some form of criminal activity and/or cover up of the activity.  With Sheriff Al Cannon and CCSO, the murder of Ronald Ratliff; with the Dorchester County Sheriff's office, the murder of Michael Westbury (A Captain Phinney was involved in this instance); with SLED, possible cover-up of the murder of Ronald Ratliff and Ronald Smith; with Georgia State Patrol (not them but their sister organization the Georgia Bureau of Investigation) and US Marshals, a school shooting in DeKalb County Georgia.

       Clearly, there are wicked men in high places doing wicked things.
The Dorchester Eagle-Record, July 24, 2014, Page 1, 4
The Post and Courier, July 23, 2014, 1A, 4A

UPDATE:  The names of the two SLED agents that shot and killed Vamond Elmore are Lt. Craig Collier and Lt. Fred Powell.

UPDATE:  The Southern Inn was recently bought out.  It is now a Knight's Inn.


  1. First of all...I've known vamond longer than most people. He was a very violent and unruly individual. What happened was for the best! If you think in anyway that he wouldn't of killed just because he wanted to then you're absolutely crazy! It was a matter of time before this happened. He couldn't change and 3 kids & a wife couldn't stop him from doing what he knew. And you, yes you who wrote this....if you would've looked at him wrong he would've killed you too...that's just the person he was...EVERYONE is safer now that he's gone! Maybe they didn't follow protocol, who knows. You weren't there and not many people were, but they knew what they had to do to protect and serve and they did it! A dangerous person is off the streets now, so who cares. And FYI he couldn't stay with his family because they kicked in EVERYONE'S DOORS SEARCHING FOR HIM!!! Know your facts before you state dumb crap!!!

    1. So, you know that I have a wife and three children. This would mean that you know where I live. It would also mean that you know the names of my wife and three children, in addition to the names of both my family members and my wife's family members.

      Also, your statement, "3 kids & a wife couldn't stop him from doing what he knew" suggests that you are not talking about Vamond Elmore, but about me, which also means that you have been monitoring the communications that have been going of both myself, my wife, and other members of my family. It would also stand to reason that you know where my children go to school. Very convenient for you that Mr. Elmore had a wife and three children also.

      "EVERYONE is safer now that he's Gone! Maybe they didn't follow protocol, who knows." This suggests that you know the cops are crooked and are trying to justify their actions. It also suggests that you are trying to get me to second-guess myself, which will not happen.

      You are right in the fact that I was not there. The question that I now ask you is, "How do you know that I wasn't?" Did you get that from the story or have you been talking to family members of mine? Since I did not give that information in the story, it only stands to reason that you have been talking with some of my family members or that you were part of the parties accused in this story.

      Protect and serve?! The only people they are protecting are themselves and their masters. If the police kicked in the doors of every one of his family members DOOR TO DOOR, then there would have been talk in the Saint George area about such activity, and there wasn't.

      Another question: How is it that they kicked in the doors of all his family members yet had not the wit to check the hotel?

      Who are you? L.C. Knight? Captain Phinney? Al Cannon? Mark Keel? The way you have hid your identity suggests that if you posted it, I might recognize you or be able to find out who you are.

      "And you, yes you who wrote this..." I know of a surety that you are a law enforcement agent. I posted my name at the top of the article where everyone could see it. Yet you phrase this as though I have hidden my name. This would only come from someone who is materially connected to the case, someone who has something to hide.

      I scare you because I think for myself. I scare you because I reveal the names and deeds behind those whited walls that are called public servants.

  2. Is this in retaliation to Mr. EDWARD ELMORE who served over 20 year for the murder of a white woman, when in fact the murder was committed by a WHITE MALE SLED OFFICIAL. IsTHIS RECENT unjust murder in retaliation and are the 2 ELMORE'S related?

  3. I heard this nigga was about it
    dangerous man

    1. He may have been dangerous, but I believe him to be innocent of the murder charge they gave him in Connecticut. Besides, a crooked cop is even more dangerous.

    2. Marshall Ramsey are you retarded or are you just writing all of this totally ridiculous crappie because you like to sound educated? If you had half a brain you would realize that a very dangerous individual made a very permanent decision when he pointed his pistol at the police. That is all this boils down to - he made his choice. He could have turned himself in the authorities but he chose to run and hide. Why would an innocent man do that - he wouldn't. Stick to cartoons because real news is completely beyond your comprehension.

    3. You are a very good spinster, Anonymous! First, you try to get me to think I am mentally incompetent. Then, you try to make me think I said something that I didn't. Finally, you try to make me feel inadequate in my abilities.

      Tell your corrupt cop buddies I'm still here.