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Soldier denied bond in fatal shooting of business owner

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Emanuel Perez (Source: SCMPD) Emanuel Perez (Source: SCMPD)

A soldier accused of gunning down a business owner in broad daylight on Savannah's southside will stay in jail.

Hunter Army Airfield Sgt. Emanuel Perez, of the Third Combat Aviation Brigade, has been charged with murder. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police say he shot 30-year-old Armando Montes multiple times about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of The Brothers Tire Repair on White Bluff Road and Hampstead Avenue.

Wednesday, Army officials released new details about Perez. He's 31 years old and joined the Army in Puerto Rico in 2003. His current assignment is Mortuary Affairs Specialist, the soldier who searches battlefields for the dead and prepares their remains. An Army spokesman said he could not provide how many times Perez has been deployed.

Metro police say a "personal dispute" between Perez and Montes led to the shooting.

Shannon Froland, an Army wife who lives on Fort Stewart, was driving the tire shop when Montes was shot to death.

"Yeah I um, stopped at the light," Froland said in a Wednesday interview. "I heard one gunshot turned my head to the right, looked out the passenger window and saw the guy standing over him and just unloaded the whole entire clip on him. And the light just so happened to have turned green so I took off around the corner and went and hid in the neighborhood, called 911, turned around and went right back to the scene."

Montes leaves behind four brothers, seven sisters, a wife and two sons, ages 2 and 3.

Perez is due back in court May 9 at 2 p.m.

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