GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Savannah, GA

August 23, 2017

Savannah, GA –  On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at approximately 4:30 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting at the request of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:48 PM, a 911 call was received regarding a male subject pointing a gun and shooting it in the direction of another subject at a residence on Draper Street in Savannah, GA.  Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Officers as well as agents from the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team responded.  When officers arrived, they made contact with a male subject who was in possession of a firearm.  The subject refused to comply with officers’ commands to drop his gun and began to walk away from the officers, still with the gun in his hand.  An officer then utilized a less lethal bean bag weapon in an attempt to get the subject to drop his weapon.  At that time, the subject began to fire his handgun at the officers.  The officers returned fire and struck the subject in the leg.  The subject then fled on foot for a short distance and was then arrested without further incident.  The officers then rendered aid to the subject.  EMS responded for medical treatment and transported the subject to Memorial University Medical Center where he was treated for his injury.  The subject has since been released from the hospital and was taken into law enforcement custody.  No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident.  When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office for any action they deem appropriate.

Contact Information: 
Joshua Ayer - Assistant Special Agent in Charge - 912/871-1121