A Savannah police officer has died after being shot while responding to a robbery call, authorities confirmed.
The GBI is investigating the fatal shooting, which happened in the Starland District on Saturday night, the police department said in a statement.
So far in 2019, 41 officers have died in the line of duty, from causes ranging from being hit by vehicles to suffering medical emergencies, according to data from the Officer Down Memorial Page. The last time the overall number was at 40 at this point in the year was in 1965.
Officers went to the 2300 block of Bull Street to follow up on a previous robbery call about 8 p.m., police said.
Officers received a description of a car believed to be connected to the robbery, officials said. When they arrived, a shooting ensued, police said.
Two police officers were shot and were taken to a local hospital. The shooter, who was also injured, was taken to a hospital, authorities said. He was also confirmed dead by the GBI on Sunday.
In a now-deleted tweet, Gov. Brian Kemp identified the slain officer. The GBI confirmed the officer’s death but has not formally identified the officer.
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A Savannah Police Department officer has died after an officer-involved shooting incident on Bull Street.
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Two SPD officers and a suspect were injured Saturday evening near the 2300 block of Bull Street in Savannah.
The suspect was also taken to a local hospital. There is no official word on the suspects condition at this time.
Two police officers shot in Savannah
According to a news release from SPD, officers responded to the area around 8:10 p.m. to follow up on a previous robbery call. The officers located the suspects vehicle and tried to approach the car before shots were fired.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been requested to assist in the investigation. GBI agents were at the scene on Saturday night.
The GBI has been requested by the Savannah Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting. Agents are gathering details. pic.twitter.com/nGz2iF6zEy
Some SCAD students told WTOC they heard some shots and waited a few minutes before they looked out their window. When they opened the window more shots rang out and they ducked behind the wall.
I was going home. I was over at that party there and then I heard about six shots go off. It wasnt seconds. And I saw two cop cars racing down. They went down to 37th street, went up to 38th street. They were looking. They didnt know exactly where this was at,” Stephen Facea said.
BREAKING: Two Savannah Police officers shot responding to robbery
A public information officer with the Savannah Police Department says that more information could be released on Sunday.