Raw Bodycam Videos Of Officer-Involved Shooting In Savannah, Georgia

The Chatham County grand jury on Monday found that Savannah-Chatham police officers were “legally justified” when they used deadly force to stop Tyrie Cuyler from fleeing a traffic stop in October. “Grand jury finds that no further action is required,” the March term panel said in a civil finding returned after presentation of evidence Monday. That presentation by Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap and Chief Assistant Greg McConnell included body camera footage from officers Ruben Colon, Michael Gonzales and John Hauber at the scene. A fourth officer, Daniel Kang, did not activate his body camera. Cuyler, 25, was shot and killed in a gun battle with Savannah-Chatham police officers shortly before midnight Oct. 27 after a routine traffic stop turned deadly. Colon and Gonzales were shot and wounded by Cuyler before he was fatally shot when police returned fire at the intersection of 37th Street and Ogeechee Road. Both officers survived. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents were called in that night and conducted the investigation, referring their findings Heap. The March term grand jury on April 20 recommended a civil inspection and investigation into whether the officers’ use of force was justified and notified Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin. Lumpkin declined an invitation to respond to the presentment before it was published, which by law he is entitled to do, Heap said. She added that Lumpkin did appear before the grand jury considering the evidence.

 

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