Two police officers were shot last Saturday, May 11 while investigating a robbery at the Boyz II Men Barber shop on Bull St, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, 50, was rushed to the hospital and later died due to injuries. Officer Doug Thomas, 40, was also hospitalized. He was treated and released.
Ansari served 10 years on the Savannah Police Department and over 20 years in the US Army.
“Last night we lost a great man,” said Police Chief Roy Minter in a press release. “We lost a man who spent a substantial portion of his life protecting our country and protecting our community.”
Ansari worked in various units in the department including patrol, public housing enforcement and as a Northwest Precinct investigator, according to a press release by the Savannah Police Department. He was currently working as a supervisor in the Central Precinct.
According to the (GBI) twitter account, suspect Edward Fuller III, 49, was thought to have fled the scene after Ansari and Thomas arrived to investigate the robbery.
Unknown to the officers, Fuller was hiding in a nearby vehicle.
When Ansari walked near the vehicle, Fuller exited and began firing. That is when both officers were injured and taken to Memorial Health Hospital.
Fuller then fled the scene to a nearby backyard. When responding officers arrived to search backyard area for Fuller he emerged from a shed and pointed a gun at the officers.
One of the officers fired and wounded Fuller. He was rushed to the hospital and later died from his injuries.
The GBI is continuing its investigation into the incident.
The community was invited to a memorial service for Sgt. Ansari on last Monday, May 13 at 11am at SPD Headquarters on 201 Habersham Street. Mayor Eddie DeLoach, along with other council members, police officers, judges and other community leaders laid flowers on a police squad vehicle memorializing Ansari.
At the time of publication funeral arrangements are still being made.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, along with Chairman and CEO Frank Siller, announced its plans to pay off the mortgage on the family home of slain Savannah Police Department Sgt. Kelvin Ansari.
Less than a week ago, the Foundation was in Savannah to give the gift of a mortgage-free home to Katie Celiz, who lost her husband, Army SFC Christopher Celiz, last July on his seventh tour of duty.
Ansari is survived by his wife Charlotte and four children.