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Lieutenant Ted Cephus Elmore | Catawba County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Catawba County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Lieutenant

Ted Cephus Elmore

Catawba County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 27, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/11/1971

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Lieutenant Ted Elmore succumbed to wounds sustained 11 years earlier when he was shot while making a traffic stop on Highway 64-70.

Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Elmore, he had stopped two members of the radical Black Panthers who had shot and wounded an Atlanta, Georgia, police officer several weeks earlier. As he exited his patrol car the occupants of the vehicle opened fire, striking him in the right arm, disabling it. As he tried to draw his weapon with his left hand he was shot again in the abdomen and fell to the ground. The assailants then shot him a third time, hitting him in the back, severing his spinal cord and causing paralysis. The suspects abandoned their car and fled into a nearby wooded area. After a massive manhunt both were apprehended. Their car was found to contain several rifles, three shotguns, a bazooka, and 14,000 rounds of ammunition.

On February 15, 1973, both suspects were convicted of felonious and secret assault. One was sentenced to 23 to 25 years in prison. He was paroled August 3, 1990. The other suspect was sentenced to 5 years. He was paroled September 28, 1975.

Lieutenant Elmore remained paralyzed until passing away 11 years later. It was determined that his passing was a direct result of his wounds.

Lieutenant Elmore had served with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and child.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

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