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05/17/05

Police Identify Suspect Killed

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The investigation continues into the shooting of a man by a Savannah-Chatham police officer. Yesterday, investigators were back on the scene. Blood stained leaves show where 21-year-old Matthew Casey was shot and killed Sunday afternoon.

Early Sunday morning, police stopped Casey and another man in a car for racing, but Casey got into the front seat of the police car and drove away.

Almost 12 hours later, police located the police car at Magnolia Villas off Montgomery Cross Road. Casey started fighting Officer Robert Caulford, then ran into the woods where Caulford caught him.

They struggled, and Casey wrestled the officer's gun away. Police say that is when Officer William Knight arrived and saw the suspect threatening to shoot Officer Caulford. Knight fired and Casey was killed.

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