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SAVANNAH, GA (October 29, 2010): Federal Marshals and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department detectives are charging three suspects in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old college student and another man Thursday afternoon.
Daniel M. Izzo, 18, of the 100 block of Runner Road, and Alex Brian Cowart, 21, of Savannah, face charges of murder and armed robbery. John Andrew Adams, 20, of an Althea Parkway address, will be charged with armed robbery. The three will be extradited to Savannah.
The three men were arrested in Sandy Springs using information obtained by a quickly-organized team of multi-departmental, multi-jurisdictional authorities brought together to investigate the shooting death of Sean Giroir and the wounding of Mike Levi, 21 at their residence in the 1900 block of Barnard Street.
The two victims were transported to Memorial University Medical Center where Giroir. a student at Savannah College of Art and Design from Houston, TX., died and Levi is being treated for a non-life threatening wound.
SCMPD Major Crimes Commander, Detective Lt. Devon Adams, immediately sent investigators to Sandy Springs, GA, to interview the suspects. The charges stemmed from those interviews.
He said the men were arrested in Sandy Springs this morning after a night of investigation of the crime scene that brought in the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, a Federal Drug Enforcement Administration hazardous material team from Jacksonville, FL, and the SCMPD Bomb Squad, among others.
Police were called to the residence at 4 p.m. Thursday after three men and the two victims had struggled near a car on 35th Street and the two suspects were shot. Lt. Adams said two of the suspects had entered the house and had taken cash and marijuana. The victims had followed them to the car where a struggle ensued and shots were fired. After the shooting, the men left in a grey Honda that was traced to an Atlanta woman who was an acquaintance of one of the suspects.
Meanwhile, in the residence police found an active drug center containing growing marijuana plants, LSD, containers of ingredients to produce illegal drugs, a drug lab and a suspected explosive device that brought out the bomb squad near midnight.
He credited the compilation of SCMPD Patrol, CID detectives, precinct detectives, U.S. Marshals, CNT, DEA and the Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center, a division of SCMPD for the quick action.
“I would never have believed at 4 p.m. yesterday that we would have three suspects in custody by this morning,” he said. “The synergy of energy that came together within minutes was astounding.”
Police now are investigating the scope of the drug operation found in the residence, which was capable of producing and distributing a large amount of illicit drugs in the area, according to Major Mark Gerbino who commands the Major Crimes Division of SCMPD.
“I have to compliment Lt. Adams for the way he pulled so many resources together, the various agencies and departments and the Marshals who quickly located the suspects using the information this task force accumulated.”
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