SAVANNAH, GA (September 1, 2016): The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has disciplined two Islands Precinct officers for their actions and policy violations stemming from a “shots fired” call.

On Monday, July 25, 2016 at approximately 11:39 p.m. hours two officers were dispatched to a “shots fired” call in the area of the 2100 block of Mason Dr. The caller indicated they heard several shots fired near a nearby construction site for the future Juliette Gordon Low Elementary School.

The officers arrived on scene at 11:42 p.m. and spoke with both ear witnesses and two eye witnesses to the incident. The officers conducted a cursory search of the area. All the gates around the construction site were locked with chains and padlocks. Officers looked through the gate but did not see any signs of forced entry, shell casings or any other evidence. The officers then contacted Board of Education via dispatch believing the construction site was their jurisdiction. Dispatch issued a look out for the vehicle.

Just before 6:00 a.m. the next morning construction workers found Raymond Williams, 46, deceased inside the secured site. Williams’ death was ruled a homicide; he died as result of being shot. The case remains under investigation.

On August 17, 2016 one officer was terminated, the second officer was given a 30-day suspension without pay after his appeal. The officers were disciplined based on three SCMPD policy violations.



B. General Responsibilities – Within unincorporated Chatham County and the corporate limits of the City of Savannah, SCMPD Officers shall at all times take appropriate action to:

1. Protect life and property.


D. Taking Police Action – SCMPD employees are required to take appropriate police action toward aiding fellow police officers and members of the public exposed to danger or in a situation where danger might be impending. Based on the facts of the situation, the failure to take appropriate police action may be considered neglect of duty which is a serious offense in the realm of discipline and could result in termination.



A. Objectives:

1. Enhance officer safety
2. Accurately capture statements and events during the course of an incident.
3. Enhance the officer’s ability to document and review statements and actions for both internal reporting requirements and for courtroom preparation and presentation.
4. Provide an impartial measurement for self-critique and evaluation during field training.
5. Capture visual and audio evidence/information for use in current and future investigations.

B. Officer Responsibilities: (CALEA 41.3.8 e)

1. Officers under the rank of Sergeant while working “Under the Color of Law” per the authority of the SCMPD shall wear their BWC. Said Officer will activate the BWC for all incidents involving citizen contacts.

C. Activation and Deactivation of BWC

1. The BWC will be activated for all incidents involving citizen contacts. Any reason for failing to activate the BWC will be reviewed by a supervisor. It must be articulable and meet the standard of being thoughtful, reasonable and prudent. (CALEA 41.3.8 b,c)

a. This would include, but is not limited to traffic stops, suspicious person(s) vehicle contacts, use of force situations, warrant service, activation of emergency equipment, pursuits, arrest, calls for service, a pending citizen complaint is likely or any other significant event that would require supervisory notification.

An SCMPD internal investigation revealed the officers did not turn on their body worn cameras during this contact with citizens and neither officer initially wrote a police report documenting the call. The eyewitnesses called 911 and gave a description of the shooter and an involved vehicle. The eyewitnesses requested the officers check on the security guard who they knew typically worked in the area where the shots were fired. The officers did not perform to a reasonable diligence standard in an obvious critical incident.