Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Police: Officer shoots attacking suspect

Posted on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Savannah-Chatham Police are investigating events leading up to the shooting of a 23-year-old man by a police officer this morning.

Timothy Maurice Williams has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after the 3 a.m. shooting at West 44th and Barnard streets.

Officers "were saturating the area in response to a report of multiple gunshots when three males were seen running on West 44th Street and climbing a fence into a yard of a house," a report indicates. At the same time the resident of the house was calling 911 and flagging down an officer to report someone was breaking into her house.

The officer found the men in the yard and ordered them to stop. While two of the men climbed over a fence in an attempt to escape, the third, Williams, "began charging at the officer, prompting him to fire," police say.

Williams was transported to Memorial University Medical Center and has been admitted. The two other men were questioned. SCMPD continues to investigate the original gunshots, the pursuit through the fenced yard and the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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