Man dead, deputy on leave after Augusta stun-gun incident

One man is dead following a run-in with police.
One man is dead following a run-in with police.(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 16, 2022 at 8:48 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2022 at 10:17 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A man died over the weekend after a deputy used a stun gun on him, authorities said.

As is routine, the deputy is on leave during the investigation of the incident.

Just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a home on the 3400 block of Kensington Drive.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, they tried to arrest a man who was “being combative.”

A deputy then used a stun gun in attempt to restrain the victim so deputies could arrest him.

After the deputy used a stun gun, the man became unresponsive.

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office identified that man as Christopher Tyrone Blount, 45, of Hephzibah.

Deputies began performing CPR. After Augusta Fire Department and emergency medical crews got to the scene, they also tried performing CPR, but were not successful and the man was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office turned the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division is also conducting an investigation into the incident.

We have reached out to the GBI for more information on its investigation.