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Police: Man who fired shots won't be charged

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Ronald Mikell (Source: Chatham County Detention Center) Ronald Mikell (Source: Chatham County Detention Center)

A Savannah man is charged in connection with the theft of merchandise and assaulting an officer.

SCMPD officers were working with Walmart Asset Protection as part of the store's training exercise. Five shoplifting suspects were detained when Ronald Mikell was seen leaving the store with more than $1,100 in merchandise, according to a SCMPD news release. West Chatham Precinct officers went after him ordered him to stop, which he ignored.

A witness saw what was going on and saw Mikell pull something from his pocket that appeared to be a weapon and fired his weapon to support the officers, according to SCMPD. He was interviewed by detectives who did not charge him.

Police said Mikell ran into several wooded areas and then assaulted officers who saw stealing items from the store. A tire tool was found that Mikell had dropped when he ran off.

He spit in a female police officer's face, damaged a police vehicle when he ripped a piece off the car and tried to use it as a weapon while being transported; but he surrendered it, according to SCMPD news release.

Julian Miller, public affairs administrator with the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept., told WTOC that the man who fired the shots will not be charged because of the Good Samaritan Act. That man's name has not been released.

Mikell is charged with simple battery, interference with government property, felony theft by shoplifting, reckless conduct and two counts of obstruction.

Police suggest that bystanders can help police by getting detailed descriptions of suspects and which way they went, but to avoid getting physically involved in apprehensions.

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