Man charged with shootout involving police

Steven Broadus
Steven Broadus

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has made an arrest in a late-night shooting involving an officer.

Steven Broadus, 31, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, after running a checkpoint, fleeing from police and firing a weapon at an officer.

Just before 9:20 p.m. on Saturday night, Officer Chris Tucker was assisting with a safety checkpoint being conducted by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Thunderbolt, Ga. Tucker was assigned to stop vehicles that tried to avoid the checkpoint.

A dark-colored Ford F250 attempted to elude the stop.

Tucker followed the vehicle into the Daffin Heights neighborhood and activated his emergency equipment. The driver accelerated and lost control of the vehicle, striking a fire hydrant.

The driver then fled on foot, and the officer gave chase. Tucker ordered the driver to stop, at which time the man turned and fired a gun at the officer, striking his Taser, which is located on his utility belt. Tucker returned fire, and the suspect fled.

A short time later, Broadus arrived at Memorial University Health Center suffering from a gunshot wound.

Broadus is in Memorial University Health Center under guard, and will be transported to CCDC when he is released.

Tucker was not injured when the bullet struck his Taser. He is on administrative leave, which is standard policy.

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