SAVANNAH, GA (December 6, 2016): A traffic stop initiated by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Strategic Investigations Unit (formerly known as the Undercover Narcotics Investigations Unit) yielded several stolen firearms, Dec. 6.
At about 1:22 p.m., as officers were conducting surveillance in the area near Montgomery and W. 61st Streets, officers observed a vehicle make several traffic violations. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver parked the vehicle and fled away from officers on foot. As officers gave chase, a shot was fired from a residence in the 200 block of W. 61st Street.
Additional officers arrived in the area and were able to capture the fleeing subject. Nine occupants of the residence exited and officers detained those individuals for questioning. SCMPD’s SWAT responded to the scene to ensure the safety of officers and community members in the area. No injuries were reported.
A search of the residence yielded four handguns, one shotgun, one AK-47 and one AR style rifle. Several of these weapons were reported stolen. Detectives are actively working to determine which suspects were involved in this incident. Charges are forthcoming.
Captain Gunther, Commander of SIU and the End Gun Violence Initiative, said, “I am relieved that no member of the community or the SCMPD was injured during the course of this incident. The SCMPD and the Savannah-Chatham community, in our shared responsibility relationship to address crime, must continue to be diligent and resilient. While working together, we will continue to produce positive outcomes, address quality of life issues, and ensure that our communities remain safe and secure”.
SCMPD K9, SWAT, SIU detectives, Violent Crimes and Central Precinct officers responded to the scene.
This incident remains under investigation by SIU.