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Deputies put on administrative leave following death

Monday, July 1, 2013 7:59 PM
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Three Richmond County sheriff’s deputies are on administrative leave following the death of an Augusta man Friday night after he was shocked with a Taser.

Lt. Calvin Chew refused to release the names of the deputies, saying the incident is an ongoing investigation.

About 8 p.m. Friday, deputies attempted to apprehend George Harvey, 39, at the Chevron Food Mart at 1501 Gordon Highway. Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Sunday that Harvey went into cardiac arrest after a Taser was used on him.

Emergency medical personnel were called and deputies performed CPR on Harvey until they arrived. He was taken to Georgia Re­gents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:47 p.m., Boose said.

Richmond County investigators secured the scene, and the case was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to an incident report.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan confirmed that investigators seized a Taser at the scene, but couldn’t discuss its role in the death.

“We cannot discuss the issue of the Taser at this point in time,” he said.

Morgan said the GBI will download information from the Taser, including where it was used and how many times it cycled through, but those results won’t be available until the end of the week.

Once the GBI has gathered enough information, Morgan said it will submit its findings to District Attorney Ashley Wright. He said he couldn’t speculate on how long that process might take.

“We work these investigations in a timely manner,” he said. “They are important issues to resolve.”

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john 07/02/13 - 04:28 pm
good grief

Austin can milk an issue on his show. Back over to Bob FM. At least there is a variety over there.

Georgialina 07/02/13 - 05:32 pm
Augusta under Martial Law

This is clearly another one of the Roundtree's gestapo methods. Ie: Operation Blunder's "We vant to see your papers!" He has Richmond County under siege and thinks he is Nobama on a local level.

fatboyhog 07/02/13 - 09:36 pm
Operation "Blunder" as you put it

was a GOHS initiative. The Governor is Republican. So, you can let the "Nobama" thing go.

Sheriff Roundtree is trying to change things from the old ways of doing things and is trying to move the SO into the new century. I find it humorous, in a sad way, that so many people are scared of change.

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