Ogeechee Road Shooting Update

An undercover drug operation ends with a suspect shot. The aftermath shut down Ogeechee Road for hours. Police say, around 4pm yesterday afternoon, the Savannah-Chatham Counter Narcotics Team was working on Ogeechee Road around the Thunderbird Inn and Liberty Inn.

Agents got into an altercation with 39-year-old James Rentiers. But he got into his car and tried to get away. Agent Rodney Gerido held onto the car and was dragged a short distance on Highway 17. He pulled his gun and shot Rentiers twice.

Agent Gerido refused treatment, but Rentiers was rushed to Memorial Health and into surgery. His wounds are considered serious.

Police internal affairs is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in any police shooting.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com