Corey Nicholas Baker

Corey Nicholas Baker

SAVANNAH, GA (June 8, 2015): A Savannah man faces multiple charges after losing control of a stolen pickup truck and firing a gun at two officers trying to apprehend him this morning.

Corey Nicholas Baker, 19, was taken into custody at 4:45 a.m. by a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police K9 officer following a two-hour search by officers from all five precincts, K9, and Aviation Patrol in police helicopter Eagle One.

He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime. Other charges could be pending.

An Islands Precinct officer on patrol in the Victory Square shopping center first saw a white 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck stolen moments earlier, speed south on Skidaway Road and began to follow it.

After attempting a traffic stop, the officer reported the truck speeding up and turning onto East 52 street, eventually stopping in a yard on Oakland Court. When the officer ordered the driver out of the truck, he turned, elbowed the officer in his nose, and ran on foot.

The officer pursued the suspect who turned and fired three shots at him. Moments later, he fired two shots at a second officer a few blocks away.

Police saturated the area between Truman Parkway and Skidaway, and from 52nd Street to East 50th Street and were beginning a yard-to-yard search when K9 Faust alerted on a shed behind a house on Eastgate Drive and his handler ordered Baker to the ground.

A search of the area after the arrest led police to recovery of a handgun that was reportedly in the pickup when it was left unlocked and with the keys in it at the I-Hop restaurant on Victory Drive.

Neither officer returned fire during the pursuit because of the proximity to residences. The first officer was treated for an injury to his face on the scene by Southside Fire EMS.