Sheriff asks for calm; GBI won't discuss investigation until done

Video from Sheriff Ronnie Strength's press conference on the Cherry Tree Crossing shooting.
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 11:51 AM
Last updated Friday, May 28, 2010 10:35 PM
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Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength asked the community this morning to hold off passing judgment on two deputies who shot and critically injured a man Sunday afternoon, an incident that ignited the Cherry Tree Crossing housing project and led to a large mob starting fires and throwing objects at officers.

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Justin Leonard Elmore, 23  RCSO
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Justin Leonard Elmore, 23

He said he has reviewed a dashboard video of the shooting and a very preliminary review suggests the officers were justified, but the GBI is investigating the matter to determine conclusively is the two acted properly, the sheriff said during a morning news conference.

The deputies were responding to a tip about a man with drugs and weapons in an SUV when they boxed in Justin Leonard Elmore, 23, Sheriff Strength said. As the deputy in front approached, Mr. Elmore put his SUV in reverse, rammed the deputy's car behind him and proceeded to drive toward the deputy in front of him.

It was at this time that the two deputies fired into the SUV, the sheriff said. It's too early to say how many shots were fired.

The SUV hasn't been searched, but it will once the GBI obtains a search warrant, Sheriff Strength said. Drugs and ammunition can be seen inside.

Mr. Strength would not name the deputies involved, but said neither have been involved with an officer-related shooting previously. Both have been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Although he wouldn't give specifics, the sheriff said Mr. Elmore has an extensive criminal history.

Eight extra deputies have been assigned to the Cherry Tree Crossing area as added security for the time being, he said.

This afternoon, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released this statement"

"The GBI is continuing an independent investigation into the shooting incident last Sunday evening at Carver Drive and 15th street involving Richmond County Sheriff's Office Deputies. ... Video recordings have been recovered from the dash cameras from the patrol cars driven by the deputies involved in the incident and have been reviewed by the GBI Agents conducting the investigation. These videos have been entered into the GBI case as evidence and will be presented to District Attorney Ashley Wright upon completion of the investigation.

"As with all GBI investigations, the details of the investigation and any evidence can not released to the public until after the case has been closed."

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gosh
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gosh 12/15/08 - 11:56 am
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Thanks to RCSO. Thank God no

Thanks to RCSO. Thank God no one else got hurt like the officers that put there lives on the line everyday to protect us.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/15/08 - 12:09 pm
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Police were right and rioters

Police were right and rioters were WRONG.

ladybug2
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ladybug2 12/15/08 - 12:11 pm
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Is this the same housing

Is this the same housing project mcg bought?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/15/08 - 12:16 pm
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Sad to say his dad has a

Sad to say his dad has a history of criminal activity as well, from way back when he was a boy. But Mr. Strength were there any drugs or guns in the SUV, you didn't mention that.

PTHS225
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PTHS225 12/15/08 - 12:29 pm
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hey fruitcake - Yes he did,

hey fruitcake - Yes he did, moron. Read the article.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 12/15/08 - 12:35 pm
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Mr. Elmore has an extensive

Mr. Elmore has an extensive criminal history, there were drugs and guns in the car, he used his SUV to ram two police cruisers...and people STILL want to think Mr. Elmore is the victim here? Unbelievable.

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 12/15/08 - 12:39 pm
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he takes up for his officers

he takes up for his officers no natter what they be wrong must of the times.they curse and beat up on ppl..richmond county sucks.

steve-o
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steve-o 12/15/08 - 12:43 pm
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Just like the Alfego Davis

Just like the Alfego Davis case several years back. Jessie Jackson came down to march when that one happened! He didn't make it when that elderly couple were gunned down in the pawn shop though.

steve-o
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steve-o 12/15/08 - 12:44 pm
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Maybe we'll get the reverend

Maybe we'll get the reverend Al to come down this time! He probably hasn't seen his girlfriend in a while.

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RedQuinoa 12/15/08 - 12:49 pm
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Ladybug, the MCG-purchased

Ladybug, the MCG-purchased property to which you refer was known as Gilbert Manor. Much of Cherry Tree X-ing's woes attribute directly to the migration of criminal types from the closure of crime-infested Gilbert Manor, IMO. While CTXing has never been a crime-free model community, problems there have skyrocketed in the year or so that GM has emptied out. The close proximity suggests that CTXing is the unfortunate benefactor of drugs, gangs, guns, thugs, and more - looking for a new habitat. It's very sad because as others have said, there are many good and decent people living in CTXing who are pinned down by fear for their lives in this toxic atmosphere.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/15/08 - 12:50 pm
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I'd bet that the law-abiding

I'd bet that the law-abiding men, women and children who live in Cherry Tree Crossing are glad that Ronnie has assigned eight deputies to patrol their neighborhood. I'd also bet that Cherry Tree Crossing residents hope that Ronnie will keep extra deputies there permanently.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 12/15/08 - 12:50 pm
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Steve-o he was just here for

Steve-o he was just here for Thanksgiving...and this isn't a nationally news-worthy headline...so I doubt he'll show up.

ispeakadatruth
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ispeakadatruth 12/15/08 - 12:51 pm
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good job rcso!!!

good job rcso!!!

steve-o
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steve-o 12/15/08 - 12:58 pm
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Maybe he can stay over for

Maybe he can stay over for the James Brown toy give-away.

merlin
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merlin 12/15/08 - 01:04 pm
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SMHwhatamessthisis...........

SMHwhatamessthisis................You need to check your spelling and I bet you're upset b/c you knew this fella and that's probably some of the drugs you were waiting on sitting in the SUV. Sorry, you don't need them anyway. Go buy a beer and chill.

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NicoleKelly 12/15/08 - 01:16 pm
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I don't see anywhere in these

I don't see anywhere in these articles about them finding any drugs or weapons! They said they had a TIP! I would think they would've documented that fact if that was true.

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Dukedirtbag 12/15/08 - 01:23 pm
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" The SUV Hasn't been

" The SUV Hasn't been searched, but it will once the GBI obtains a search warrant, Sheriff Strength said. Drugs and ammunition can be seen inside. "
re read the article

gamc30909
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gamc30909 12/15/08 - 01:37 pm
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SMHwhatamessthisis if you do

SMHwhatamessthisis if you do not like it here move the F out.

dgoo1269
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dgoo1269 12/15/08 - 01:51 pm
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nicolekelly, you didn't

nicolekelly, you didn't listen to the press conference? It was stated that "in plain view" were drugs and ammunition.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/15/08 - 02:12 pm
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PTH the SUV hasn't even been

PTH the SUV hasn't even been searched you go back and read it and Lip_stick where in this article it says DRUGS and GUNS were in the Car? And what ammunition must be the officers shooting into the car. If only Elmore would have listened and followed instructions.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 12/15/08 - 02:20 pm
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Jackfruit, I'm assuming the

Jackfruit, I'm assuming the GBI will find guns in the SUV once they search it...unless you throw ammo at people now. The article, as well as the video, state that the SUV hasn't been searched yet but DRUGS and AMMUNITION are clearly visible inside.

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wise ole man 12/15/08 - 02:22 pm
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The operative word here is

The operative word here is "IF" Elmo would have listened- None of this would have happened and everyone would have been happy. IF Elmo was innocent- why did he run? Jack- it states "drugs and ammunition" could be seen in the car. IF Elmo was a law-abiding citizen he would not have drugs in his car.

jack
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jack 12/15/08 - 02:38 pm
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SMH, sounds like you have

SMH, sounds like you have been in trouble with the cops. Not surprising that you have such an attitude toward cops doing their jobs.

jack
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jack 12/15/08 - 02:42 pm
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If some of you morons would

If some of you morons would read the article and IF you don't have a reading comprehension problem, you would see that Strength said they have to get a search warrant to see if the vehicle had the drugs and weapons. I don't understand this as the vehicle was used in a crime (as a weapon).

goodcopgirl
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goodcopgirl 12/15/08 - 02:45 pm
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This is a no brainer..

This is a no brainer.. deputies are justified and another drug dealer/thug is off the street. Thank God no one was hurt during the riot.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/15/08 - 02:45 pm
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Well I don't fault the Police

Well I don't fault the Police at all, I have yet to understand why the youth (regardless of color because there are some white young men/women hoodlumfied), want obey the law. If you know that you know that you know you don't have drugs, weapons etc and the police stop you, just do what they say. My mom told me back in the day, that if I get arrested don't call her LOL, you staying down there, even though that was in the 60s/70s some parents should tell their children that today, beat em or something to put that fear in them.

goodcopgirl
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goodcopgirl 12/15/08 - 02:52 pm
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jack, if someone is driving

jack, if someone is driving towards you while you are standing in the road don't you think that you are probably going to get run over? If you get run over by a vehicle you will probably be seriously injured or hurt? The ability, opportunity and jeporady was there. The suspect did not want to get caught and he didn't care if he took a cop out with his vehicle (the weapon) in order to get away. Like I said, a no brainer.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/15/08 - 02:58 pm
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Like I said he should have

Like I said he should have obeyed the commands of the officers he wouldn't be laying up in the hospital right now. I know this young mans Mother, Father, Aunt and Grandmother, however, I don't know him. I will say for a fact, he got his genes from his dad

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Little Lamb 12/15/08 - 03:01 pm
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Hey, Steve-o: Maybe we can

Hey, Steve-o: Maybe we can have Rev. Al hand out the James Brown toy give-a-way in Cherry Crossing - - a give-a-way and a protest march at the same time. Double coverage for the news media.

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FallingLeaves 12/15/08 - 03:04 pm
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The name is Alfaigo Davis,

The name is Alfaigo Davis, steve-o. At least spell his name right. Is Elmore related to Alfaigo Davis and Ralph TYRONE Williams, too? I can't imagine what Davis and Elmore have in common?

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