GBI investigates police shooting of 71-year-old man in Savannah

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SAVANNAH — A 71-year-old armed man was shot by Savannah Police officers Thursday night. He is currently listed in stable condition at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

According tot he GBI, preliminary information indicates that officers from CCPD were dispatched to a residence on Tara Court in Savannah regarding a person with a weapon Thursday evening. A neighbor called 911 and indicated that a man, identified as 71-year-old Vincent Gadson had pointed a gun at him.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to the 911 caller. Another neighbor arrived on scene and told officers Gadson was still outside of his residence with a gun and was actively pointing it at him.

Officers then communicated with Gadson for about 15 to 20 minutes in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

According to officers, Gadson refused to comply with the officers’ commands to drop the gun, and then to move away from it. At one point, police say, Gadson put the gun down on a chair on his porch, but then again picked up the gun. Two officers fired their weapons and shot Gadson.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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