Georgia Authorities Probing Officer-Involved Shooting in Savannah

Image: The scene at a peaceful rally after an officer-invovled shooting in West Savannah, Ga.
The scene at a peaceful rally after an officer-invovled shooting in West Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 18.NBC News

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Georgia authorities on Thursday were investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Savannah. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said a police officer killed 29-year-old Charles Smith — a handcuffed and apparently armed man who had been arrested on outstanding warrants — after he allegedly tried to kick out the window of a patrol car. Savannah Chatham Metropolitan interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert requested that the GBI handle the investigation.

A little over 100 people gathered and marched peacefully Thursday evening on Augusta Avenue, the Savannah street where the shooting occurred, many of them calling for peace and shouting: "We want justice." Police were present in the area, but they were not marching alongside the crowd. Smith's mother was present at the rally.

The scene at a peaceful rally after an officer-invovled shooting in West Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 18.NBC News

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