(Savannah, Georgia) – On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by Assistant Chief Julie Tolbert, of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.
The preliminary findings are that just before midnight, on October 27, SCMPD Officers Ruben Colon, Michael Gonzales, Daniel Kang, and John Hauber were conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of 37 Street and Ogeechee Road. The officers stopped a vehicle that was being driven by 25 year-old, Tyrie Cuyler.
During the traffic stop, Tyrie Cuyler presented a firearm and shot at the officers. Officers Ruben Colon and Michael Gonzales were shot during the altercation.Both officers were transported to Memorial Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries and released.
The officers returned gunfire during the altercation fatally injuring Tyrie Cuyler.
Three of the officers involved in the incident were wearing body cameras that captured the incident.
The investigation is in preliminary stage and is still ongoing.
Some details of officers involved at scene:
- APO Ruben Colon – 7 years with department
- John Hauber – new recruit as of 2013
- Michael Gonzales – recruit as of 2013
- Daniel Kang – Central Precinct officer – 3 time Iraq war deployment veteran
Please contact GBI Statesboro at (912) 871-1121, or Silent Witness at (912) 234-2020 if you have any information