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Special Agent Charles W. Elmore | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Charles W. Elmore

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, August 9, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: California

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Special Agent Charles Elmore and Special Agent Jared Robert Porter were shot and killed inside the FBI Field Office in El Centro, California.

The suspect had an appointment to see one of the agents about a request submitted under the Freedom of Information Act regarding an investigation of him as a member of the leftist Weather Underground group in the early 1970s, but no connection was ever found. He walked into the building with a shotgun in one hand and a .38-caliber pistol in the other. He knocked on the office door and Agent Porter answered and the suspect pointed the shotgun at him. The agent was able to deflect the barrel up and the first shot went into the ceiling and door frame. Agent Porter tackled the shooter in the hallway, and as they were wrestling around, the shooter pulled the pistol out and shot Agent Porter in the hip, arm, and chest, severing his aorta.

While the struggle was going on, Agent Elmore pulled his gun out and came to the doorway. He exchanged shots with the suspect, hitting him in the chest. The coroner said those wounds would have been fatal. The suspect's shots hit Agent Elmore in the arm and in the eye, killing him instantly. Before the shooter died from Agent Elmore's shots, he put the gun into his mouth and killed himself.

Agent Elmore was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for five years.

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Special Agent Jared Robert Porter
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, August 9, 1979
Cause: Gunfire

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Chuck Elmore was a classmate at the University of Washington Navy ROTC unit. We graduated on June 10, 1967, and were commissioned as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chuck left the Marines to join the FBI to continue to serve his country. He was a good man, quiet, competent and loyal. His classmates and I mourn his loss and honor his service.

Captain Courtney L. Tucker USMC 1967-73
UW NROTC Classmate
August 15, 2016

 

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