SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A Louisiana man died after an officer-involved shooting on Sunday morning in downtown Savannah.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said 36-year-old David Paul Dixon, of Jackson, Louisiana is the man who died in the shooting. The GBI released his identity late Tuesday night after it notified his next of kin.
Police were called to the scene after there was a report of two men fighting near Oglethorpe Avenue and McDonough Street. The caller who made the report said that one of the men was dressed in all black.
When officers arrived, there was a man fitting that description on Abercorn Street. According to a report released by the GBI, Dixon was talking irrationally and wielding a makeshift weapon.
According to the report, officers attempted to deescalate the situation but Dixon was not responsive. Eventually, officers approached Dixon who was walking along Abercorn towards Bay Street. He resisted the officers and swung his weapon.
Officers deployed a taser but it was not successful and Dixon attacked an officer with his makeshift weapon.
The confrontation ended with a different officer shooting him during the attack.
Officers along with EMTs administered first aid and Dixon was transported to a local hospital. There, he was pronounced dead.
The shooting happened on the 100 block of Bay Street. No officers were reported to have been injured in the encounter. Recovered by a GBI agent from the scene was a 13” sharpened spike with an improvised handle.
The GBI is conducting an independent investigation into the event.