Suit blames sheriff, deputies for teenager’s death

Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 12:02 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Our I-TEAM just got a copy of a new lawsuit filed in Richmond County involving Sheriff Richard Roundtree and two of his deputies.

The mother of a 17-year-old shooting victim blames all three for his death.

DeAngelo Burns died in a Circle K parking lot on Peach Orchard Road back in early 2020.


Reports say Deputy Nick Nunes was performing CPR when Deputy Brandon Keathley hit him in the back of the head with a flashlight.

Nunes was taken to a hospital and ended up needing staples in his head.

Roundtree ending up disciplining both deputies but never brought any charges against Keathley.

The District Attorney’s office did, and a Grand Jury indicted Keathley on aggravated assault charges and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Deputy Brandon Keathley (left) is indicted on charges that he hit Deputy Nicholas Nunes (right)...
Deputy Brandon Keathley (left) is indicted on charges that he hit Deputy Nicholas Nunes (right) in the head during an altercation. (Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)(WRDW)

He was arrested last December and is out on bond. He still hasn’t been to trial and remains on leave pending his criminal case.

Nunes resigned and left the area to work for another law enforcement agency.

At the time, Sheriff Roundtree said this incident did not disrupt care for Burns on the scene.

The civil lawsuit asks for a jury trial and for a jury to decide how much money -- if any -- Burns’ family should receive.


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