Savannah police chase ends in gunfight

SAVANNAH -- Police want to interview a wounded man who showed up at a Savannah hospital this morning following a Saturday night shootout involving officers and an unidentified gunman.

Curtis McCall said he was ready to turn in for the night on Saturday when squealing tires broke the silence outside his Magnolia Park home.

McCall said moments later he saw someone firing shots at a Savannah-Chatham police officer. Then the officer returned fire, McCall said.

"I asked the officer 'Did you get shot, man?'" McCall said. "I could tell he was freaking out. He kept grabbing his shirt saying, 'I don't know.'"

McCall and other neighbors on Saturday night recalled hearing up to 10 gunshots.

A man with a gunshot wound showed up at Memorial University Medical Center moments later, which is less than a mile away from the scene of the shooting. As of this morning, he was expected to be investigated by police, said metro police spokeswoman Gena Moore.

According to police and witnesses, at 9:20 p.m. Saturday a metro officer was assisting Thunderbolt police at a safety checkpoint when a Ford F-150 failed to stop. The metro officer followed the vehicle into Magnolia Park and activated his blue lights. The Ford took off, but eventually slammed into a fire hydrant. Moore and neighbors said the officer commanded the unidentified driver to stop, but he ran away while firing a gun. The officer returned fire, Moore said.

The extent of the injuries of the man who showed up at Memorial was unknown early this morning.

 

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