SUV in shooting wasn't stolen

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The SUV driven by a man fatally wounded by police Sunday was not stolen, the GBI said Friday, addressing controversy surrounding ownership of the vehicle.

However, Special Agent Gary Nicholson of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wouldn't release information about who does own the Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Justin Elmore.

Mr. Elmore, 23, was shot by sheriff's deputies who said he was trying to run them over after they had stopped him near Augusta's Cherry Tree Crossing housing project.

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Thursday that some confusion about the SUV's ownership likely stems from calls to police about a similar vehicle reported stolen Sunday night.

"Never was I ever told that the SUV was stolen," he said. "He was in his SUV. It was about the drugs and the gun."

Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson also said Sunday night that he was told deputies got a tip that a stolen black SUV in the area carried drugs and guns.

Deputies Jose Ortiz and Michael Hodge were responding to such a tip, according to authorities. The deputies say that when they boxed in Mr. Elmore's SUV, he put his car in reverse, rammed into Deputy Hodge's patrol car and then tried to hit Deputy Ortiz, who approached on foot from the front.

Sheriff Strength said he believes Deputy Ortiz fired two shots at the front windshield, then shot through the front passenger side window as the SUV passed him. He said Deputy Hodge also fired his gun, but he was not sure where those shots went.

The two deputies both had .40-caliber semiautomatic Glocks with 13-bullet clips, Sheriff Strength said. He said he didn't know how many shots were fired.

Mr. Elmore died Tuesday night after being taken off life support at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Both deputies have been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation, Agent Nicholson said.

A third deputy trailed behind the two officers but did not fire shots, Sheriff Strength said. The dash camera from that deputy's car malfunctioned and will be sent to the FBI Crime Lab in Washington to try to recover any images. The recording won't show details of the shooting because the camera was facing toward an apartment at Cherry Tree Crossing, Agent Nicholson said.

"In order to be thorough, we wanted to still check the tape," he said.

The two other police cars recorded the incident, but authorities have not made the recordings public.

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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As It Is
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As It Is 12/20/08 - 04:43 am
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Its very simple as he learned

Its very simple as he learned in all of his previous arrests, when the police turn on the blue lights...STOP. When they point a weapon on you, slam on breaks and stop ramming patrol cars. Had he stopped as he did in his previous incidents, the same would have happened, arrested without incident, arraigned, bonded out and back on the street dealing drugs until the system finally dealt with him appropriately. His actions cause his demise and nothing else.

Nammy
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Nammy 12/20/08 - 04:50 am
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Has anyone seen pictures of

Has anyone seen pictures of the cop cars that were supposedly damaged during this? The news said that 4 vehicles were damaged and I've yet to see this. I'm not talking about any video....pictures. Why, with all the news reporters there weren't they showing the vehicles he was to have rammed? I was expecting to at least see proof of that much. Where's the damage on that SUV as well? Other than the window shot out.

NEone
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NEone 12/20/08 - 05:26 am
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namasta: takes a lot to

namasta: takes a lot to damage an SUV. Maybe the photos aren't worth looking at unless you're an investigator.

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/20/08 - 07:40 am
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pls you ppl are stupid this

pls you ppl are stupid this boy did'nt take them on a high speed chase that was a lie...the truth finna come out that officer not gonna keep killing ppl for no reason and keep lying about what he do ya'll better get rid of Ortiz he can't handle his job he's a very nasty acting cop

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/20/08 - 08:50 am
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I hope some folks did not

I hope some folks did not quit high school. This is a "writing" forum not a text messaging shortcut forum. How about an English class. You have no punctuation, run on sentences and pls, ppl, finna, and did'nt are not words. And, it is "what he did" not "what he do"; past tense. Improve your life and get some knowledge.

Trouble1
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Trouble1 12/20/08 - 09:10 am
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can some please translate

can some please translate what smh is trying to say for me????

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/20/08 - 09:26 am
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Trouble...that's what I'm

Trouble...that's what I'm "talking" about! Good grief!

tabandco
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tabandco 12/20/08 - 09:27 am
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You know, Right is Right and

You know, Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong,and yes we must suffer the consequences of our Actions!!But, lets get ALL the Facts before we start pointing fingers. Somebody was at fault here, Now the question is who? The dead can't talk, But those cameras can!!!I pray that nothing happens to the true evidence!!!!

SMITHA
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SMITHA 12/20/08 - 09:29 am
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Funny I've never had a

Funny I've never had a problem with law enforcement officers but then again I do not break the law, simple isn't it.

Trouble1
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Trouble1 12/20/08 - 09:31 am
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tab, i agree with you there,

tab, i agree with you there, but one way or the other, the people who rioted were WRONG, and for that matter stupid....who are you really punishing when you destroy the area where you live?

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/20/08 - 09:42 am
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u ppl be tlkin dis crap bout

u ppl be tlkin dis crap bout mi boi elmo him ddnt' do nuffin polcie finna keep killn blks caus we drive nice wips yall jus jelus an done wan a blk man 2 suckseed so u kill em.

Trouble1
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Trouble1 12/20/08 - 09:49 am
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ok dd, your turn, in english

ok dd, your turn, in english please

lilchicago2101
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lilchicago2101 12/20/08 - 09:51 am
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Can someone please translate

Can someone please translate what Double D said?

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/20/08 - 09:56 am
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Wow, that went so far over

Wow, that went so far over your head you didn't even notice. I was making fun of what SMH said.

Trouble1
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Trouble1 12/20/08 - 10:00 am
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really dd??? i thought that

really dd??? i thought that was the way you always talked......lol, still would like it translated though.........

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 12/20/08 - 10:03 am
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thats the problem with the

thats the problem with the black community,they make heros and martrs out of criminals ,they need to quit worshipping these criminals and turn them in.thats part of the problem with black youths ,they see these people as heros and want to be like them ,thus the crime wave continues.the african american community should be outraged by the actions of these criminals because thats what has given them the stigma as a crime ridded violent people,thus the ugly head of profiling emerges.as far as mr elmore goes ,he put himself in a bad situation,he refused the commands of a police officer,he had already earned a terrible and scary reputation,his whole family are nothing but a bunch of criminals.so i say good riddence to bad rubbish,those officers saved us a fortune in legal fees,plus took a ton of drugs off the streets by eliminating a supplier.im just glad niether officer was white,if that had been the case half of the city would have been burned down because everyone knows all of black americas problems are caused by the white man.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/20/08 - 10:04 am
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I figured you forgot who I

I figured you forgot who I was. LOL Translation: I said, "You people keep speaking badly of my friend Elmore, but he didn't do anything wrong. The police are going to keep killing African-Americans because when we drive nice cars they become suspicious of our activities. They are also jealous and don't want African American men to be successful so they try to keep us down by shooting us whenever they get the opportunity."

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karmakills123 12/20/08 - 10:07 am
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Seems to me that the owner of

Seems to me that the owner of the SUV might have some explaining to do.....

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/20/08 - 10:07 am
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Yeah! IBEW! Some people are

Yeah! IBEW! Some people are so much better spoken than I am. It is sad that some of the residents engaged in this "riot" have children that see the actions of these idiot parents, and they absorb all of this negative talk about the police and white men....all while they are living in the projects beeing taught that they'll never have a chance and it is always someone else's fault for their plight. Next time use 00 buckshot and take a few more bystanders out.

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agustinian 12/20/08 - 10:27 am
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I am very troubled by this

I am very troubled by this shooting. I think the police are too ready to use deadly force. Even in Iraq, the military uses a progression of measures to disable a vehicle before it starts shooting at the driver or the occupants.
What happened to shooting tires, then the engine, then, and only then, shooting the driver?
Law enforcement needs to have better training, and be less inclined to jump to the deadly force option.

usnvet
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usnvet 12/20/08 - 10:27 am
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Sheriff Strength said. He

Sheriff Strength said. He said he didn't know how many shots were fired.
*** What? The Sheriff can't count? This tells everyone: THE SHERIFF IS A LIAR!!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/20/08 - 10:32 am
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SMH, you have some serious

SMH, you have some serious issues going on. You've mentioned several time that your boy didn't take the cops on no high spped chase. Well let me try and get this through to you..(again)...no one else has said he was chased by the cops!!! Get it through that thick skull of yours. His vehicle was blocked in by two patrol cars....NO ONE WAS CHASING HIM. I wish they would hurry up and complete the investigation so that some individuals that can't carry on a decent intelligiable conversation on here would go back to what they were doing before all this took place. It makes my brain hurt to try and understand what they write.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/20/08 - 10:37 am
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Agustinian why don't you go

Agustinian why don't you go and be a police officer to show the rest of us the right way to do things? Let's not forget, they also knew the occupant was armed. So they shoot the tires then take a round from Elmo...lot of good it did to shoot the tires.

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/20/08 - 10:40 am
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like i said all you white

like i said all you white people judge at a distance and i am white but i don't judge the low income people ya'll make me sick acting like the police never been to ya'll house are ya'll never had a family member to have broke the law pls stop lying.let it happen to your family member and i wanna see the outcome.....

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/20/08 - 10:45 am
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inchristlove on you are a lie

inchristlove on you are a lie it said this boy took them on a high speed chase and for the record i don't know him

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/20/08 - 10:49 am
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usnvet when don't he lie? we

usnvet when don't he lie? we need mr hunt we will be better off... this is a bear sitting behind a desk..when he does come out it's to hit a lil white ball they call golf

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/20/08 - 10:54 am
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No, the police have never

No, the police have never came to my house. Yes, I have worthless, low income, scum-of-the-earth family members like Elmore, BUT I don't make excuses for them. That get what they deserve. Now stop making it a black or white thing.

WW1949
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WW1949 12/20/08 - 10:55 am
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SMH, The mess is your writing

SMH, The mess is your writing skills. You have none. I personally think you are BS. No one can write that bad.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/20/08 - 10:57 am
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SMH, if you are white and you

SMH, if you are white and you talk like that....shame on you!! How can you say "all you white people" when you are white yourself (I have my doubts). If the newspaper said he took them on a high speed chase, please note the article and day it was posted in the paper, I'd like to read it. If you are correct I will appologize but I do believe you are referring to a different article involving a stolen vehicle that occurred on another day.

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guess who 12/20/08 - 10:59 am
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smh, you need hook on writing

smh, you need hook on writing ,spelling for dummie

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