Heartbreaking news out of Georgia, where one officer is dead and a second one is injured after a call Saturday night.
Sgt. Kelvin Ansari was a 10-year veteran of the department and served over two decades in the United States Army.
In a Facebook post, the Savannah Police Department said the shooting happened around 8:10 p.m. on the 2300 block of Bull Street. It took place when officers were following up on a robbery call.
Police got a call about a suspect’s car and were approaching it when the shooting happened, police said.
Two officers were rushed to the hospital. On Sunday morning, police said one of them did not survive. The second officer was treated and released. The suspect was also shot and killed.
“Please keep our officers and their families in your thoughts and prayers at this time,” police said. “We want to thank the community for their continued support.”
Savannah PD requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assist in the investigation, in line with their department policy.
According to students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, they heard shots and waited several minutes before looking out the window. When they did, they said they heard additional shots ring out. According to another area resident, it all happened fast.
“I was going home. I was over at that party there and then I heard about six shots go off,” Stephen Facea told WTOC. “It wasn’t seconds, and I saw two cop cars racing down.”
Police closed down surrounding roads and neighbors were told not to leave their homes while law enforcement investigated.
It marks a deadly beginning to National Police Week.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 41 officers died in the line of duty in the first quarter of 2019. That’s actually the lowest number since 1964, when the number was at 40 at this point in the year.
The Officer Down Memorial Page tracks the deaths of officers in the U.S. and its territories. But that shrinking number comes amid a particularly tough week for law enforcement.
“We are holding our breaths and hoping the trend continues,” Jim Pasco, the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, told Fox News. “We are watching as closely as anybody.”
Pasco said there are a number of possible reasons why the number isn’t climbing as quickly as previous years.
“We think that maybe one of the biggest factors here is not so much less violence against police, as it is improvements in medical technology,” he told Fox News. “This has come about in large part because of the number of trauma surgeons and professionals that have served in combat and dealt with the treatment of severe wounds.”
He also says that one of the “unintended benefits” of people, especially medical professionals, experiencing combat “is improved expertise in dealing with medical emergencies.”
Pasco added: “one factor we have noticed that has come into play more and more over the last 15 years is improvements in training and protective equipment the officers have, as well as heightened awareness because of… unprovoked violence against police officers.”
Here are the other officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in May 2019 while trying to protect the lives of Americans.
The 24-year-old Tennessee State Trooper was killed on May 6 while responding to a call about a fire along Interstate-40.
Police said that while heading to the scene, he lost control of his cruiser and hit two tractor-trailers.
June would have marked his one-year anniversary of joining the state’s Highway Patrol.
The 63-year-old Neri officer in Sanibel, Florida “passed away of natural causes” on May 6 after he “collapsed during a training exercise”.
He also had a 30-year career as a Revenue Officer with the U.S. Department of Treasury, while also serving as a police officer in New Jersey’s Union Township.
Officer McKeithen was an Air Force veteran and longtime officer with the Biloxi Police Department in Mississippi. Police say he was gunned down in the parking lot of their headquarters on May 5.
In 2005, McKeithen earned a Medal of Valor for saving special needs children from a flooded home during Hurricane Katrina.
His 24-year police career came to an end when the suspect shot him multiple times. His suspected killer has since been arrested.
On May 4, 32-year-old Officer Sheldon was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Mooresville, N.C., outside of Charlotte.
It’s still unknown why he stopped the suspect’s vehicle, but the alleged killer was later found dead in his apartment from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.
Sheldon had served with the department for six years and was with his K9 dog Ramon at the time of the shooting.
Today, as we mark National Police Week… we leave you with this video that our team at Law Enforcement Today just produced with our friends at Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
God bless you all.