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Police fight rash of self-inflicted accidental shootings


Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Officers are fighting what seems to be a rash of shootings where the victims actually shot themselves. Some even lied about it, making the investigations even more difficult than they have to be, according to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett.

"Initially, not many of these people admit that these gunshots are self inflicted. What happens is we go through a thorough investigation, tying up resources. We could be doing other things. Just as if it were real, we have to treat it as real, and we will until we determine that it is not," said Chief Lovett.

Two of the recent shootings involved customers accidentally shooting themselves after buying guns at a gun show. The others involved victims apparently lying to police about what happened.

Here are some other recent incidents:


  • On March 22, Dequan Jefferson told officers he was shot during a robbery. He later admitted he was playing with a gun when it went off.
  • On March 22, a 14-year-old boy shot himself while playing with a gun.
  • On March 24, Corey Cooper shot himself and tried to hide the gun.
  • On April 2, Reese Kreppes walked into Memorial and said someone had shot him. He later admitted that he was lying.


People who shoot themselves and lie to the police can face multiple charges.

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