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Sylvester PD sorts out deaths, chase

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

We're learning more about the man who was shot during a home invasion in Sylvester Wednesday night. He later died in the hospital just one day after a body was found in a vacant home in Sylvester Tuesday night.

Sylvester law enforcement has dealt with two deaths in the last two days, and an un-related high speed chase leading to a major drug recovery.
They're working with the GBI to gather evidence in the two death investigations.

Police say 25-year-old Dontavious Rutland was shot in the stomach during a home invasion in the one hundred block of Covey Street in Sylvester.

Rutland was taken by ambulance to Phoebe Worth Hospital in Sylvester where he later died. The victim was able to tell police that he heard a knock on the door around 11:30 p.m.  Soon after that a man with a shotgun kicked in the door.

Police say they believe two people may have been involved in the shooting. This after police found 23-year-old Erin Bernard Burgess dead inside a vacant house on Sumner Lane Tuesday night. Interim Chief Kenneth Washington says they're working to see if there's a connection between the two incidents.

"We do know that the victims knew each other and also hung together.  Right now, we're just trying to tie everything together and see what we have here," said Interim Police Chief Kenneth Washington.

Washington says the GBI is assisting with the investigation on Covey Street but SPD is still leading the investigation.

If you have any information regarding the home invasion on Covey Street or the incident on Sumner Lane call the Sylvester Police Department at 229-776-8500.

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