GBI investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in Savannah

GBI investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate a shooting between SPD officers and an armed man Thursday night.

Savannah Police were called to the 700 block of East 34th Street around 9:20 p.m. Upon arrival, they found an armed adult male, and at some point, shots were fired.

Atlantic Ave., E. 35th St. closed due to shooting

The Savannah Police Department asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting for transparency. The GBI arrived on the scene just after 11:30 p.m.

According to the GBI, preliminary information indicates that Savannah Police responded to a home invasion call at a residence on 34th Street. The caller indicated that someone was trying to break into her home. When law enforcement officers arrived, they confronted the subject, identified as 22-year-old Deandre Lee Seaborough-Patterson, who was still in the yard of the residence holding a gun in his hand. The officers gave clear instructions for Patterson to drop the weapon but he did not comply with the verbal commands. Patterson then pointed the weapon toward the officers and the officers fired at him.

The GBI says Patterson was struck, and officers began to render aid. He later died at an area hospital.

An autopsy was performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler on Friday. The GBI says preliminary results show Patterson died of a gunshot wound.

No officers were injured during the incident.

The GBI continues to investigate.

Neighbors told us Thursday night they heard five or six gunshots ring out, but who fired and how many times has not been confirmed by investigators.

A neighbor near the scene shared a photo of a home where a bullet went through the window during the incident.

The officers involved in this shooting, per department protocol, have been placed on administrative leave with pay for now.

According to a GBI spokesperson, this is the 11th officer-involved shooting they’ve been called to investigate in 2020, which includes one that just happened Thursday in Atlanta. Two of those 11 shootings have been deadly.

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