Handcuffed Man Fatally Shot By Georgia Police Officer
An officer involved shooting early Thursday afternoon which killed a Savannah, Georgia man is being investigated by the GBI .
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, officers arrested 29-year-old Charles Smith on outstanding warrants. Smith was placed under arrest, handcuffed behind his back then placed in a patrol car.
[su_center_ad]While in the patrol car, Smith was able to move his hands to the front of his body and kicked out the window of the police car, authorities say.
According to WTOC, police officers said Smith attempted to exit the patrol car and they saw he had a firearm. Smith was then shot and killed at the scene. During the crime scene investigation, a firearm discovered under Smith’s body.
Officer David Jannot, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
WSAV quickly reported Smith’s criminal history, which shouldn’t really be relevant at this point.
As a crowd gathered, Mayor Edna Jackson and Police Chief Julie Tolbert said they are doing everything to make sure the truth comes out and asked the crowd to give them time to get all the information possible.
“The terrible thing about it was…the man…he was cool people. He was willing to help out. If he got it and you needed help. He was willing. That’s all I can say. He was a personal friend,” Joe Strobert said.
“This will be cleared up, this will be cleared up,” Jackson said. “As I said, I did talk to the mother. We don’t need anything to happen and we are going to keep the family and the community informed about everything that is going on.”
Don’t the police search people before putting them in their patrol cars? Is that no longer a thing?
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