Savannah police mourn sergeant killed by robbery suspect

Savannah police Officer Douglas Thomas, center in plain clothes, wipes an eye as he stands between police Maj. Robert Gavin, left, and Lt. Gregory Mitchell, during a memorial event Monday, May 13, 2019, for an officer killed in a weekend shooting. Authorities say Thomas was wounded in the leg and Sgt. Kelvin Ansari was fatally shot while responding to an armed robbery call Saturday, May 11, 2019. The suspect, Edward Fuller III, was shot and killed by police.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia's oldest city are mourning after a 50-year-old patrol sergeant was fatally shot as officers hunted for an armed robbery suspect.

Fellow officers, prosecutors, judges and city officials in Savannah laid flowers Monday on the hood of a patrol vehicle as a memorial to Sgt. Kelvin Ansari. He died after being shot late Saturday while helping investigate a robbery outside a barber shop.

Ansari's supervisor, Lt. Gregory Mitchell, said the two of them had exchanged jokes and laughter while passing each other between shifts Saturday. A few hours later, Mitchell was driving Ansari's wife to the hospital after the shooting.

He says "it's almost unbelievable."

A second officer survived after being shot in the leg.

The suspected shooter, 49-year-old Edward Fuller Jr., was shot and killed by police.

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