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Deadly shooting, standoff in Savannah on 'National Gun Violence Awareness Day'

(Source: WTOC Viewer Gage Putnam) (Source: WTOC Viewer Gage Putnam)
Kurt Meyers (Source: SCMPD) Kurt Meyers (Source: SCMPD)

A man is in jail Thursday night after a deadly shooting and two-hour stand-off in Savannah on the 2400 block of Abercorn Street.

34-year-old Kurt Meyers was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of 57-year-old Brian Heckman.

We're hearing exclusively from a neighbor who was there for it all, and says there's a chance it could have been prevented.

Police tell us after Meyers shot and killed Heckman, the suspect barricaded himself inside a home on Abercorn Street. There was someone inside the house at the time, but police were able to get that woman out safely.

"The SWAT team deployed smoke grenades in order to safely extract one resident in the home. So they put the smoke screen up, went in and got the resident, and brought them out safely,” said Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department Public Information Officer Sonny Cohrs.

Then officers sent in gas grenades, and it not long after that, the suspect came out and surrendered to police.

"It was really tense. I sat outside looking at the scene for just a little bit, and I had to run inside and get my camera,” said Gage Putnam, neighbor.

Putnam is a professional photographer who lives down the street. He captured a photo of the suspect being taken into custody, and that's when he said he recognized the man from an incident in his neighborhood last December.

“You could clearly see he had a gun in his pocket, in a hoodie pocket, just like this walking up and down the street, and honestly we didn't feel safe so we called the police,” Putnam said.

He says police told him to stay inside and not to worry about it, and that was the end of it. The next time Putnam saw that man was Thursday, from behind his camera.

"My hope is that they would take this like this a little more seriously, especially after seeing something like this happen right here. Things that can be prevented even by just taking 15 to 20 minutes out of their time to come and investigate something really fast, it could stop something like this from happening in the future,” said Putnam.

Just a few blocks away and a few hours later, a rally to end gun violence in Savannah. Just one of many "Wear Orange" events taking place across the country for "National Gun Violence Awareness Day." In attendance, everyone from the Chatham County Sheriff to families of gun violence victims, all gathering for the same purpose.

"This day is about honoring those lives that have been taken too soon, and we hope that we can inspire more supporters and volunteers to take action and stop all the multi-faceted problems of gun violence,” said Jennifer Lindsay, event organizer.

Events resulting in this shooting remain under investigation by SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives.

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