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50th homicide of the year
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Detectives of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrested and charged Tamaron Varner, 25, in the shooting death of Joshua DeBerry, 35, on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Varner also faces pending charges in a separate shooting on Tuesday, Dec. 20 that seriously injured O’Neal Scrivens, 48.

At about 11 a.m. on Dec. 21, Metro located Varner at his house on the 700 block of East 39th Street, where he was arrested.

"At about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday Central Precinct patrol officers responded to the 400 block of East 49th Street finding DeBerry outside his house suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound. DeBerry was transported to Memorial University Medical Center, where he died," police say.

Investigators believe DeBerry "was shot during a dispute with Varner regarding a business transaction."

Evidence also linked Varner to a Dec. 20 shooting on the 700 block of East 39th Street that injured Scrivens, police say.

Varner is charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime in DeBerry’s shooting death. Regarding Scrivens’ shooting, Varner also faces charges of criminal attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.