Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Jan. 25
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A man shot in Savannah one month ago has died, according to police. The suspected shooter is now facing a murder charge.
The incident took place around 6 p.m. on Jan. 24, according to the Savannah Police Department (SPD).
Officers responded to the 1700 block of Chester Street where they found evidence of a shooting. At least 10 police cars were on the scene accompanied by a SWAT team, though SPD did not disclose why SWAT was called in, citing the open investigation.
Meanwhile, the shooting victim, now identified as Lemuel Rouse, arrived at Candler Hospital by private vehicle. He was later transported to Memorial Health for treatment of critical injuries, according to SPD.
A few weeks passed before the suspect, 30-year-old Jeffery Jackson, was taken into custody. SPD, the U.S. Marshals Service and Georgia State Patrol worked together to arrest him for aggravated assault last Thursday.
SPD said three days later, Rouse died from the injuries he sustained in the shooting. He was 41.
Detectives on Wednesday upgraded Jackson’s charge to murder. He remains in custody at the Chatham County Detention Center at this time.
SPD encouraged anyone with further information on the incident to call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 912-525-3124. Information can also be submitted anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020 or online. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.