SAVANNAH, GA (June 9, 2011): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are seeking a suspect in the shooting of an officer in West Savannah Thursday afternoon.
Advanced Police Officer Michael Eric Broome, patrolling Love Street within sight of the Downtown Precinct, reported seeing a man between two houses in an area near where burglaries recently have been reported. Broom approached the man in the 1000 block about 12:40 p.m. The man charged him and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the officer was shot.
Broome, a member of the department since May 2000, was treated for his wounds and was to be released from Memorial University Medical Center Thursday night. Pieces of the metal nameplate from his uniform were removed from the wound.
Patrol officers from all five precincts; the SCMPD Crime Suppression Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics, Neighborhood Task Force, and the Tactical Response and Prevention Team; Savannah Impact Program; Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team; Chatham County Sheriff’s Office; Georgia State Patrol; Georgia Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Marshals, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Garden City Police and SCMPD police helicopters Eagle 1 and Eagle 2 saturated the area west of East Lathrup Avenue between Bay Street and Augusta Avenue.
By 4:30 p.m., the search had been narrowed down to a house in the 100 block of Millen Street where a deputy reported seeing someone resembling the description. SWAT and K-9 teams surrounded the house and police searched it, but did not find the suspect.
He is described as black, 5-foot-11 or 6-foot tall, weighing about 175 pounds and in his 20s.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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