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SCMPD, Chatham Co. DA discuss officer involved shooting

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The findings of an investigation by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police into the shooting of Timothy Maurice Williams by a Metro officer were shared with the Chatham County District Attorney's Office this week. The two departments will now confer on how the case will proceed.

Williams, 23, was shot at 3 a.m. April 9 at West 44th and Barnard streets. He was shot by a Metro officer that was responding to a call of multiple shots being fired when a resident waived him down. The resident was on the telephone with Emergency 911 to report that men were trying to break into her house.

The officer found Williams in the fenced in back yard after the men with him had scaled the fence to escape. Williams moved swiftly towards the officer.

"We have tried to provide all the information we can," Police Chief Willie Lovett said in a news release. "But that has been complicated by the nature of the case. Both the police officer and the victim have rights we must protect."

The investigation slowed down when the officer cited advice of counsel in declining to the discuss the incident with investigators until he was ordered to do so days later by Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett.

The investigation has revealed that the three men were attempting to elude others who were firing weapons at them when they jumped over the fence into the back yard.

Police found more than 20 spent cartridges in the area.

Williams was taken to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment.

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