Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- One of the deputies involved in a dispute during a fatal shooting response has resigned.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Nicholas Nunes has submitted his resignation, effective immediately.
Roundtree, during a news conference, said the incident boiled down to a "heat of the moment" response as Keathley, Nunes, and a trainee attempted to save the life of 17-year-old DeAngelo Burns.
Burns had been shot in a previous incident and brought to a Circle K on Peach Orchard Road. That's where deputies found Burns and attempted to perform life-saving first aid.
But at some point, things turned heated between Nunes and Keathley, Roundtree said, and Keathley hit Nunes with the flashlight.
Nunes was given a written reprimand over the incident, according to Roundtree, and Keathley was suspended for 30 days.
Nunes released a statement following his resignation.
“I know my worth. I refuse to be mistreated, lied about, betrayed and belittled. I am walking out on my own terms. I put in good work that I know has had a positive impact on this community. Goodbye to my brothers and sisters I’ve made here. Stay safe.
- Respectfully, 5213”
District Attorney Natalie Paine believes further review of the "incident is warranted." She plans to present it to the Grand Jury to see about possible criminal charges.
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