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Jury finds man who shot officer while attempting to flee guilty

Steven Douglas Broadus (Source:Office of the District Attorney) Steven Douglas Broadus (Source:Office of the District Attorney)

According to the Office of Eastern Judicial Circuit and the Chatham County District Attorney, a jury has found Steven Douglas Broadus, 34, of Savannah, guilty of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing to elude a police officer, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Rothschild told the jury that Broadus was picked up by a man looking to purchase marijuana at an Enmark Station on Skidaway Rd. in Savannah on July 24, 2010. The man then drove away from the Enmark and into a police check point in Thunderbolt near the Shell Road area. As they were approaching the checkpoint, Broadus ordered the man from his vehicle at gunpoint and sped away from the checkpoint. Officer Chris Tucker of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department chased Broadus in his squad car.

After a brief high speed chase through a residential neighborhood, Broadus lost control of the vehicle, fishtailed the truck onto Lorraine Rd. and hit a fire hydrant and a tree. Broadus then got out of the truck and fired four shots at Officer Tucker, who had also exited his squad car and was attempting to apprehend Broadus. One of the shots struck the Taser on Officer Tucker's service belt but did not penetrate his skin.

Officer Tucker then returned fire and shot Broadus in the chest. Broadus fled the scene and was later apprehended by authorities at Memorial University Medical Center, where he sought treatment for the wounds he sustained.  

Evidence collected by authorities at the scene include a .38 caliber revolver, marijuana packaged for individual sale, a scale and blood that matched the defendant's DNA.

Broadus' sentencing will be held at a later date. He is facing up to life in prison without parole for his crimes. 

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