Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Participant in May shootout apprehended, charged

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:44 PM

One of two males injured in a shootout the Edgemere/Sackville neighborhood May 30 has been charged with multiple offenses after his arrest by U.S. Marshals today.

Dominique Leonard Dillard, 28, was taken into custody by agents of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on warrants taken by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police detectives. He has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He also faces a federal probation violation charge.

The investigation revealed the shooting took place during an attempted robbery of Craig.

"Patrol officers from the Islands Precinct of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department responding to the shooting on the 1100 block of East 59th Street found Dillard in the yard and Ricky Tyrone Craig, 21, in the house, both with gunshot wounds," police say. "Craig, who lives at the residence, had been pulled into the house by his girlfriend."

The incident prompted comments from Metro Police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. because of the danger the shooting posed to others in the neighborhood. Children were playing in the street and a woman driving through the intersection of 59th and Guatemala streets escaped injury when an errant shot struck her car.

“Clearly, behavior in the house and by participants led to endangerment of the entire neighborhood,” Lumpkin said at the time. “School is out, so children were playing on nearby lawns; residents were in their yards and on their porches; and innocent victims were driving by.

“Indiscriminate shooting such as this is taking place nationwide and it is going to take community-wide efforts to stop them. That’s what it will take to show perpetrators of these senseless shootings that this neighborhood is not going to stand for it.”

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