The following information was taken from Bryan County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Suicidal threats — Deputies and Bryan County Emergency Services responded to a house on Belle Island Lane Monday after a man called to report that a friend told him he had suicidal thoughts and was thinking of committing "suicide by law enforcement." The man further said his friend told him "he wanted to commit suicide but was too much of a coward" and therefore would "reach for a weapon and give the responding officers no other choice than to shoot him." After deputies arrived at the house and established a perimeter they learned that the man had allowed his mother to take him to the hospital for a mental evaluation.
Shots fired — A man told deputies he arrived at an Ellabell residence Monday to repossess some items but could not access the property due to a locked gate. The man said he heard the homeowner yell at him, then said the homeowner fired two shots at him from what looked like a rifle. The homeowner told deputies he did not own a rifle, but does own a shot gun. He was then arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon, and deputies found two spent 9mm shell casings by the front door.
Charges could have been avoided — A Rincon woman and Richmond Hill man are facing charges after taking a man’s wallet at a gas station on Nov. 1. The victim told deputies he left his wallet on the lottery stand by the front door and was still in the store when he saw the woman and man take his wallet. Store employees watched security video and confirmed the man’s claim, and he was able to get a license plate of a vehicle the suspects left in.
When contacted by phone, the woman admitted taking the wallet and was told that if they returned it within 30 minutes the victim would not press charges. The pair never returned to the store and now face warrants for theft by taking.
That’s a whopper — A Richmond Hill woman contacted deputies Nov. 5 after her husband did not return from fishing. After calling a restaurant/marina, the woman was told the man had been there drinking but left with two females. When the U.S. Coast Guard contacted the man he said he was fine but hung up. The USCG was able to track his phone to an apartment in Savannah. The woman told deputies her husband eventually called her and said "he woke up on a sofa surrounded by 12 African-Americans and was scared to call for help," according to the report. The woman said the man has a history of drug binges.