SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The Exchange Club of Savannah honored four Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officers for their commitment to the community. One officer in particular almost lost his life protecting the community.
SCMPD police officer Chris Tucker was honored with Officer of the Year.
Back in July, Tucker was at a safety checkpoint when a driver of vehicle decided not to stop and took off. Officer Tucker followed until the suspect crashed into a fire hydrant. The suspect took off running. "I caught up to him. I was going to hit him with my ASP baton and he turned and fired two rounds," said Tucker.
One of those bullets hit Tuckers Taser that was on his belt. "I wasn't expecting that. You don't expect that on the street. My instincts, my survival, my training came back into play, I just did things I was trained and it worked out well," said Tucker.
Tucker was able to give officers a description of the suspect. A short time later police had their man, Steven Broadus. He was at the hospital. Tucker had shot him. Broadus has since been indicted by the grand jury and is awaiting his trial.
As for Tucker he received an award for his actions, awarded Officer of the Year by the Savannah Exchange Club. "It's truly and honor. I humbly accept it. I'm glad I was nominated. However, police work is not an individual sport. It's a team sport and I'd like to thank all of the other officers I work with. Me getting this as an individual, it should really be out to everyone," said Tucker.
The Exchange Club also handed out three other awards. Civilian of the Year went to Diane Pinckney. Detective of the Year was awarded to Detective James Coleman. And Supervisor of the Year was given to Lieutenant John Best.