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Officer, suspect wounded in shootout that shut down Interstate 16

Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:44 PM
Last updated 6:45 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A police officer and a murder suspect were both wounded in a highway shootout after the wanted man stole a patrol car and led officers on a chase until he veered off the road and crashed, police said Thursday.

The violent pursuit caused police to close a short stretch of westbound Interstate 16 around Savannah for several hours Wednesday night and authorities didn’t release details until some 20 hours after the shootout.

Officers had gone to a west Savannah neighborhood searching for 21-year-old Anthony Parrish, who was wanted on murder charges in the Feb. 24 shooting death of man at a house party, said Savannah-Chatham County Police Chief Willie Lovett. Parrish and another man fled, then Parrish circled back and stole the patrol car of an officer who had gone after them on foot, Lovett said at a news conference.

Police say Parrish tried to run over an officer and veered in-and-out of oncoming traffic as he drove onto I-16, where police laid out spiked strips to puncture the car’s tires. The suspect swerved to avoid them and crashed the police car beside the interstate.

Parrish got out of the car and drew a gun, police said, then fired into a pursuing officer’s car, hitting her in the leg. Lovett said police returned fire and shot Parrish several times. No one else was injured.

“The suspect was hit several times, all soft tissue wounds,” said Lovett, who added that Parrish had been released from the hospital by Thursday afternoon. He couldn’t say how many times the suspect was shot.

The wounded officer, Rebecca Gregory, was also expected to recover. Police said the bullet struck her cellphone, which deflected some of the damage.

“She’s fine,” Lovett said. “She was in good spirits last night and I kidded with her a little bit.”

Parrish had not yet made any court appearances Thursday and it was unknown if he had an attorney.

In addition to the slaying of 20-year-old Marray Martin last month, Parrish has been charged with hijacking a vehicle, armed robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted murder and other crimes.

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Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 03/07/13 - 10:02 pm
This could have really turned

This could have really turned out badly. Glad the police officer is okay.

itsanotherday1 03/08/13 - 01:11 am
Yep, he drew and shot at the

Yep, he drew and shot at the police. That warrants an immediate death sentence.

Connor Threlkeld
Connor Threlkeld 03/08/13 - 01:45 am
I wonder, if she had

I wonder, if she had insurance on the phone, if it would cover damage due to a line-of-duty shooting.

I'm Back Again
I'm Back Again 03/08/13 - 07:13 am
Connor, that's the dumbest

Connor, that's the dumbest comment I've ever seen posted. An officer was shot protecting lives of innocent people and you posted a stupid comment about her cell phone. Your parents must be extremely proud of you. What a loser.

rmwhitley 03/08/13 - 10:06 am
The aclu will sue

the police for brutality in this case. democrats will scream at the top of their lungs at the injustice. the naacp will go ballistic if the suspect is black. If he is white they'll go back to caucasian bashing.

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