Burglary being investigated on Wilmington Island, schools given all clear

UPDATE: Police have released the name of the victim in today’s attempted burglary.

The say Matthew Hermida, 24, stopped the suspect from entering his back door but accidentally fired his weapon during the struggle and grazed himself with the bullet.

Hermida was treated at the scene for a non-life-threatening injury.

The suspect is still at large.


The schools have been given the all clear according to Sheila Blanco with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. Students should be returning home soon.


Police are investigating a shooting that occurred when a man living on Pointe South Drive heard someone trying to break into his house through the back door. After trying to secure his back door, the homeowner had his own personal gun that was accidentally fired off during the struggle of locking the door. The homeowner was grazed by the bullet but had no serious injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital. The suspect fled on foot toward Walthour Road is described as a white male in his mid-20s about 6 ft. tall with a 5 o’clock shadow wearing a blue shirt and dark pants. K-9 and aerial units are on the scene and circling the area.

Savannah-Chatham County Schools sent an alert to parents letting them know that buses leaving from Marshpoint, Coastal Middle, May Howard and Islands High School have been delayed due to non-school related police activity in the area.  They are currently on lockdown for student’s safety and buses aren’t permitted to leave at this time. Parents should expect children riding buses to be delayed this afternoon.

NEWS 3 is on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available to us.

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