Amarillo Police have released the name of the suspect who was shot and killed Friday night in North Amarillo during a stand off.
The suspect has been identified as Billy Joe Elmore, 45. His next of kin has been notified.
APD said their Special Crimes unit began an investigation into Billy Ivy Jr. earlier this week. He was arrested Thursday afternoon, charged with attempted capital murder.
APD said during their investigation they learned Ivy met Elmore while they both served time in the Randall County Jail. ‘Elmore’s criminal history indicated he has been arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, trespass, and arson.’
The nixle report shows Elmore and Ivy met several times in the week leading up to Ivy’s arrest. APD said a short time after his last meeting with Ivy, Elmore contacted one of the targets Ivy wanted killed.
Special Crimes Investigators said they tried to located Elmore starting Thursday evening. Early Friday morning,Elmore’s felony bonds for past charges were revoked and warrants were issued for his arrest.
APD SWAT and Narcotics officers assisted Special Crimes in finding Elmore, which led them to the 800 block of N. Forest where Elmore’s car was located Friday morning.
When officers approached the home later that afternoon when they saw Elmore outside, officers said he ran toward the back door.
Elmore refused to comply with commands to come out of the home and a SWAT call was initiated.
Officer Jeb Hilton said the team attempted to contact the suspect with a bomb robot and an APD canine officer. The suspect was said to be hiding in the crawl space of the home.
“Officers heard what sounded like a muffled gunshot,” Officer Hilton said. “And they removed the APD canine from underneath the residence.”
Next, officers ‘introduced chemical irritant into the crawl space.’
Around 7:39 p.m., Officer Hilton said, the suspect came out pointing a gun at the officers. Officers fired several shots at the suspect and he was hit multiple times. He was given immediate medical attention at the scene and was taken to the hospital where he died.
It was later discovered that Canine Koss had been shot. Koss was not in the area when officers shot Elmore.
As Special Crimes continued their investigation, officers found evidence in Elmore’s car that further linked him to Ivy and the murder for hire.
Special Crimes will continue to investigate.
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The next of kin of the suspect from the SWAT call in the 800 block of N. Forest Friday night have been notified. The suspect was identified as Billy Joe Elmore, age 45.
Earlier in the week investigators of the Special Crimes Unit began an investigation that led to the arrest of Billy Glenn Ivy, Jr. on the afternoon of Thursday, September 7. Ivy was arrested for trying to hire an undercover officer to kill several people. During this investigation, it was learned Ivy met Elmore while they were both in the Randall County jail. Elmore’s criminal history indicated he has been arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, trespass, and arson. Ivy recently met with Elmore on several occasions over the last week which included a meeting Thursday afternoon shortly before Ivy’s arrest. A short time after meeting with Ivy, Elmore contacted one of the targets Ivy wanted killed.
Special Crimes immediately began trying to locate Elmore for questioning on Thursday evening. Early Friday morning, Elmore’s felony bonds for previous charges of burglary of a habitation and arson were revoked and warrants issued for his arrest. APD SWAT and Narcotics officers assisted Special Crimes in finding Elmore. This led them to the 800 block of N. Forest where his vehicle was located mid-Friday morning. Surveillance was set up to arrest Elmore and bring him to the Special Crimes Unit. When officers approached the residence, Elmore was observed outside and he ran toward the back door. Elmore refused to comply with commands to come out of the house and a SWAT call was initiated. Later, Elmore was located under the house inside of a crawl space door. APD Canine Koss was under the residence when officers heard a muffled gunshot. Koss was removed from the crawl space and chemical irritant was introduced. Elmore exited a door that led into a crawl space under the house. When he exited the door, he had a pistol in his hand and he was shot. He later died at a local hospital. It was later discovered that Canine Koss had been shot. Koss was not in the area when officers shot Elmore.
As Special Crimes investigated the officer involved shooting, evidence was recovered from Elmore’s vehicle that further linked him to Ivy and the murder for hire. Special Crimes continues its investigation into this case and asks anyone with information to call 378-9468.