UPDATE: Man wanted for shooting at officers turns himself in
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Update- Massie Ellis, who was wanted in connection to a Nov. 1 domestic incident turned himself in to Savannah Police Tuesday.
Ellis has been booked into the Chatham County jail on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, multiple domestic-related charges and arson.
Original Story- Savannah Police are still on the lookout for a man they say barricaded himself inside a home, fired at officers, and fled the scene.
Savannah Police say they were responding to a domestic incident early Tuesday morning and when they arrived 25-year-old Massie Ellis barricaded himself inside the home and then fired at officers.
Police say Ellis set several small fires in the home.
They say he then drove away in a car. Neighbors that witnessed this say that he drove out of the neighborhood through the woods.
People that live near the cul-de-sac where this all happened say before Tuesday it was always peaceful to live here.
“I get up at 2:30 to get ready for work, and I came outside out back, it was right at 3, because I remember looking at my watch to see if I’m on time, and soon as I open the door, you can hear all the yelling, the screaming, the cussing. There were already seven police cars out here and several other cars,” Resident Shellie Zorn said.
As well as, what she and other neighbors describe, as rapid gunfire which I heard on a video from another neighbor, though the video didn’t capture the whole situation.
Savannah Police say Massie Ellis shot at them, but wouldn’t tell me if they returned fire, and police also haven’t said who shot first. One man I talked to says he’s lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade and says he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“I’ve never met the people that were involved, I’ve seen them pass and go, but I’ve been here since about 2002 and we’ve never had any situations like this around here since I’ve been here,” Resident Elwood Massey said.
Massey says he didn’t actually see anything, until after the gunfire stopped.
“When you hear gunfire, your first thing is to be, cover yourself and try to be in a safe place. Once the gunfire stopped, we were able to go outside and see what was going on.”
That’s when neighbors say Ellis drove away in his car.
Savannah Police say there are no known injuries in the situation which all the neighbors can agree, they’re thankful for and they’re hoping this story has a peaceful end.
“I prefer everyone’s safety. His too. He doesn’t want to be on the run for the rest of his life,” Zorn said.
“Everybody has faults, everyone has changes they can make in life, and I just feel like we could correctly fight a problem if we could talk to people before it comes to violence,” Massey said.
Savannah Police say they have found Ellis’ car, but they haven’t found him. If you do see him, they ask that you call 911, but don’t approach him because he’s considered armed.
He’s wanted on charges of aggravated assault on an officer and domestic related charges.
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