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Savage wanted for murder after Sunday night shooting death

Charges stem from early Sunday night shooting death of Kenneth Armstrong of Cordele

Authorities in Crisp County are searching for 26-year-old Michael Savage in connection with the Sunday night shooting of 38-year-old Kenneth Armstrong. Both men are from Cordele.

According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, a 911 caller reported shots fired at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night in the 2200 block of Roosevelt Street. Hancock said Savage is known to frequent the area. The first deputy on the scene found Armstrong seated in a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported to Crisp Regional Hospital, and Armstrong succumbed to his injuries some time around midnight.

Hancock said investigators believe the two men were acquainted, although it is too early to establish a motive for the killing.

“We are working this case diligently, and we are working it hard,” Hancock said. “We hope Savage will turn himself in or be brought to justice some time today.”

Hancock said Savage is to be considered armed and dangerous. He has called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, the Middle Georgia Fugitive Task Force, along with other agencies, to assist in the investigation and manhunt.

Savage is a 26-year-old male with black hair and hazel eyes. He is 5’10” and weighs 150 pounds. He is wanted for murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated assault.

According to information on the Georgia Department of Correction’s website, Savage was released on Feb. 9 of this year from Telfair State Prison, where he served a five-year sentence for aggravated assault and firearms violations.

Anyone with information on Savage’s whereabouts is urged to call the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office at 229-276-2600 or 911.