‘We Lost a Leader’ — Police Sergeant and Army Vet Is Gunned Down in Savannah, Georgia

Sgt. Kelvin Ansari worked as a patrolman and investigator before advancing; he leaves a wife and four kids

A police sergeant — who first spent over two decades in the U.S. Army before turning to a police career — is being mourned on Monday after he was shot and killed in Georgia over the weekend after he responded to a robbery call.

Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, who was only 50, was shot to death on Saturday in Savannah.

The gunman himself later died when he was shot after he allegedly pointed a gun at responding officers, as Fox News and other outlets reported.

Officers lined the streets on Monday as Ansari’s body was transported from a local hospital to the crime lab of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), which will look into Ansari’s death.

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“We lost a man who spent a substantial portion of his life protecting the country and protecting the community,” Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said in a statement. “We lost a husband, we lost a father, and we lost a leader.”

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Ansari spent 21 years in the Army before joining the Savannah Police Department.

He was scheduled to mark his 11th anniversary of working in the department this September.

The Savannah Police Department said it wanted to “thank area agencies and community partners for the outpouring of support since the incident occurred,” as the department also noted in its statement.

Ansari worked early on as a patrolman and investigator before advancing to the rank of sergeant.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and four children, ages five to 25.

On Saturday he and other officers were called to investigate an alleged robbery outside a barber shop, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The gunman, identified as Edward Fuller III, 49, was accused of taking money and items from an individual after striking the person with a weapon.

“When officers arrived on scene, they began their investigation into the robbery, but Fuller was thought to have left the area,” the GBI said. “As the officers were continuing that investigation, Fuller was in a vehicle nearby” — which the officers did not know.

Investigators say when Ansari walked near the vehicle, Fuller jumped out and “immediately” began firing — striking him and his colleague.

Responding officers later tracked down Fuller to a shed behind a home in the area.

“Our community owes these men and all those who wear the badge a debt of gratitude.”

He was hit and wounded by an officer’s gunshot after emerging from the shed and pointing his gun at them, the GBI said.

“Ansari and Fuller both succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased following lifesaving measures,” the agency added.

Ansari’s colleague was treated and released.

“Our community owes these men and all those who wear the badge a debt of gratitude,” said Savannah’s mayor, Eddie DeLoach.

Ansari was a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, before moving to Georgia and graduating from high school in the late 1980s in Early County, Georgia, as Gray Television affiliates reported.

The Early County school board confirmed his high school graduation to sister station WALB, as WTOC-11 reported.

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