Cause of death for man in police custody ruled accidental

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has ruled that the death of a Blythe man who died while in policy custody in June was accidental.


Tenniel Ealey, 32, of 100 Kim Court in Blythe, was pronounced dead June 11 after deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Carswell Street residence.

Pat Morgan, a special agent with the GBI in Thomson who conducted the investigation into the death, said an autopsy report reveals that Ealey died from excited delirium.

Ealey, who was described as “mentally disturbed” in the sheriff’s office news release, died while in police custody after a deputy attempted to transport him to an area hospital.

While en route to the hospital, the transporting deputy observed Ealey not responding in the rear of his patrol car, according to a news release.

“The deputy stopped the patrol car at Woodlake Drive and Windsor Spring Road and observed the subject was not breathing,” according to the news release. “The deputy immediately notified EMS and began to render first aid.”

Ealey was transported to AU Medical Center where he later died.

Morgan said GBI completed its portion of the death investigation Aug. 22. The case has been submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

“The District Attorney would review it and see if there is something else she liked for us to look at and if there is we can do that,” Morgan said. “But she’ll make a decision what she is going to do with the case after she reviews it.”