SAVANNAH, GA. (Sept. 21,2014): Metro Police are investigating a shooting on Savannah’s south side that left a man in critical condition and a suspect being treated for a bite from a police canine.
Paul Andrew Grause, 29, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition after the 4 p.m. shooting in a parking lot on the 200 block of Stephenson Avenue.
Austin Tyler Todd, 24, was treated for injuries received when he was taken into custody by a K-9 officer during a search nearby. He has been charged with aggravated assault and obstruction.
Southside Precinct officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, responded to the shooting to find Grause in a room at an adjacent motel.
Witnesses reported seeing a blue Ford Expedition speed away from the scene. Responding officers quickly found the vehicle abandoned at a restaurant at Hodgson Memorial and Eisenhower drives and were advised of three males walking away from it, one eastbound on Eisenhower and the two others, a black male and a white male in blue shorts, white T-shirt and blue cap, walking behind a building.
A canine officer led police to an air conditioner behind a building where Todd was found hiding. When he refused multiple commands to show his hands, the canine took him into custody, biting him on his arm and shoulder. A second canine officer found items believed to be connected to the case in a nearby area.
Patrol officers, aided by specialized units that were training nearby, saturated the area around Hodgson and Eisenhower in search of the other two suspects and their description was released to the media and through social media. They continue to be sought.
Violent crimes detectives continue to investigate the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.