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Savannah Police investigating fatal shooting in 100 block of Coastal Place

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 8:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 4:42 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting in the 100 block of Coastal Place.

Police say they arrived on scene around 6 p.m. Friday and found a man in his 40′s with life threatening injuries.

The man was taken to the hospital where he later died. The victim had been identified as 45-year-old Edward James D. Futch.

Charles Sapp, 54, was arrested near the scene of the shooting on Friday night. Sapp has been charged with murder.

We don’t have the details of what led up to the fatal shooting, but know the two men did know each other according to police.

SPD credited the quick arrest to a one minute response to the scene by nearby officers, and a suspect description given to detectives by bystanders. It’s that kind of community cooperation and police work that’s allowed SPD detectives to clear around 80 percent of this years homicide cases.

“I mean the biggest thing, again, is being able to get that citizen cooperation and getting the information that we need to aid in the case. But also, advances in technology. I think just the relationship that we have with the community I think is the biggie there,” said Maj. Ben Herron with the Savannah Police Department.

And police do want to remind you, if you are a witness to a crime or have information, but aren’t comfortable talking with officers on scene, you can always reach out to CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or SPD’s crime tip line at 912.525.3124.

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