MAN TRIES TO FIRE AT OFFICER, CHARGED

SAVANNAH, GA (April 26, 2013): A Savannah man has been charged with multiple offenses after trying to fire a weapon at a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer and another man.

Quintavious Jron Lee, 19, of Port Wentworth has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm in committing a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, pointing a weapon at another, carrying a pistol without a license, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and loitering and prowling after the incident in Yamacraw Village May 18.

Lee and another male were being questioned about 5:40 p.m. by a Downtown Precinct Patrol officer who noticed they fit the description of suspects in two robberies in the area.

The other man was placed in handcuffs when he resisted being searched for a weapon, and Lee backed away and started running. As he did, he dropped a pistol, stopped, retrieved the weapon, squared his stance and pointed it at the officer and the other man. He pulled the trigger but the gun misfired.

The officer threw the other man to the ground and protected him but did not attempt to fire at Lee because of several people, including children, who were in the immediate area.

Lee was quickly taken into custody by other Downtown Precinct officers who were saturating the area.

He has a record with SCMPD extending back to 2010 when he was 17, including aggravated battery, disrupting public schools, obstruction of a police officer and two probation violations.

SCMPD Robbery Unit detectives are investigating the two robberies in an attempt to determine who was involved.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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