Sunday, June 25, 2017

GBI investigating shooting death during SWAT/CNT raid

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 10:31 AM

On Friday, June 23, at about 6:25 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) responded to the scene of a shooting at the request of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD).

The shooting occurred as the SCMPD SWAT and Chatham Narcotics Team were serving a search warrant at 512A W 38th St., Savannah, GA.

"Officers said they did not fire any shots; however, in order to ensure transparency, Chief Joseph Lumpkin called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident," says a SCMPD spokesperson.

Two people were transported to a hospital for gunshot-related injuries. One of them died at a hospital. The other has non life-threatening injures.

"During the incident, Shep Morrell, 72, and James Miller, 46, suffered gunshot wounds. EMS responded for medical treatment and transported Morrell and Miller to Memorial University Medical Center. Morrell died from his wounds and Miller’s injury was non-life threatening," a GBI spokesperson says.

Preliminary information from witnesses and officers "revealed that law enforcement deployed distraction devices and non-lethal Pepperball projectiles during the execution of the search warrant. No guns were fired by officers during the incident. All gunfire originated from inside the residence prior to officers making entry, which is consistent with the crime scene examination," the GBI reports.

The GBI is conducting an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI Statesboro office at (912) 871-1121.
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