Richmond County deputies return to work after stun gun death

 

The three officers involved in the death of an Augusta man who was subdued with a stun gun have been cleared to return to work.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies Matthew Sanderson, Prizette Presberry and Chadrick Scott have been taken off administrative leave after passing evaluations, Sgt. Michael McDaniel said.

“The GBI investigation is still ongoing at this point, but (the deputies) have passed their mental evaluations and have been allowed to return to work,” McDaniel said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the June 29 death of George Kent Harvey, 39, of Wharton Drive.

Police said the officers were trying to apprehend Harvey at the Chevron Food Mart, 1501 Gordon Highway, when they used the weapon.

Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said last week that Harvey went into cardiac arrest after an officer tried to subdue him. He died at 10:47 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office consulted with the GBI on allowing the deputies to return to work, McDaniel said. He said he didn’t know whether any of the deputies worked Tuesday.

 

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