Vincent Helmly Jr., 19, of Savannah, was booked into the Chatham County jail at 9 a.m., charged with discharging a gun near a public street and discharging a firearm on another persons property. He later was released on $1,300 bond.
Early Friday afternoon, police say, Helmly fatally shot the doe as it roamed in the Wallace Circle neighborhood, then loaded it in his truck bed and drove off.
A neighbor reported the licence plate number, according to police documents.
Our main concern was the danger posed to the community, going in a subdivision and shooting guns like that, Bloomingdale Police Chief Thomas Gossett said. His decision was very poor, and were not going to tolerate that.
Joan Carter, a Wallace Circle resident, had cared for the deer since her family came upon it during a fishing trip in Claxton two years ago.
Named Bambi by Carters 7-year-old granddaughter, the deer often trotted around the block, accepting treats and affection from neighborhood residents.
Gossett said Helmly, a licensed hunter, will have a court hearing in January.