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Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team arrests man wanted in Savannah shooting
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Matthew Armstrong

An Effingham County man wanted by Savannah police in connection with a shooting Sept. 20 was captured Monday in Statesboro.

Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team members found Matthew Armstrong, 29, of Springfield, at a Greenwood Avenue residence Monday, said Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

Eunicia Baker, with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Public Affairs Office, said the department's Violent Crimes detectives sought Armstrong for a shooting at a hotel on Savannah's south side. Armstrong is one of three suspects in the shooting, with one having been arrested earlier and a third remaining at large.

Savannah police still seek Torrence Veal, 25, of Milledgeville, she said in a release issued Tuesday.

"Investigators have linked both Armstrong and Veal to the Sept. 20 shooting of 29-year-old Paul Andrew Grause in a hotel parking lot on Stephenson Avenue," Baker said. "The shooting left Grause in critical condition."

Armstrong and Veal are charged with aggravated assault. Veal also will be charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Baker said.

Veal is described as a black male with a low haircut. He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs roughly 135 pounds. He is believed to have ties to both Pooler and Ellabell, according to the release.

"After the shooting, witnesses reported a blue Ford Expedition speeding from the scene, before being abandoned by three males at a restaurant at Hodgson Memorial and Eisenhower Drive," Baker said. "Metro quickly located the SUV, along with Austin Tyler Todd, 24, who fit one of the suspect's descriptions."

Todd, who was found hiding behind a nearby building, received treatment for a bite from a police K-9 dog. A second Savannah K-9 officer found items believed connected to the case nearby. Todd is charged with aggravated assault and obstruction, she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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