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Witness describes police officer involved shooting

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A gunman shot by a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Officer on Saturday was a former customer at the auto repair shop where investigators say the dispute initially started.

The owner of Patterson's Auto Repair Service & Brakes said the gunman walked up while he was working and started shooting.

A bullet mark on the concrete is the only evidence that remains. Patrick Patterson said Samuel Frazier opened fire at his business on Saturday. 

Patterson was the only one working that day when he said Frazier walked up to the shop with a shotgun wrapped in what looked like a blue jumpsuit and fired one gunshot at the ground.

"I didn't know if he was coming for me or if it was just a rampage," Patterson said. "I don't know what the situation was, but I knew I didn't want to be a victim of anybody's death."

Patterson was able to escape and call police, but he was shocked to realize Frazier was a former customer.

The auto shop owner said he had done some work on his car a week before, but Frazier took his car without paying the $119 bill. So Patterson to filed a police report.

"It wasn't the fact that it was $119, it was the fact that he came here and snatched the keys off the counter from my employer who is a female," said Patterson.

Patterson told WTOC he is still unsure what Frazier's motive was, but he's thankful that no one else was injured.

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