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Man dies shortly after being tased by police

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

DOUGHERTY COUNTY,  GA (WALB) – As officers drove away with 36-year-old Denevious Thomas' body still in handcuffs, his aunts and other family members grew outraged and hysterical.

"He's dead. He's dead in handcuffs. It's not right," said Thomas' aunt Mary Ward.

His grandmother, who had kept her composure all morning, couldn't hold it in any longer.

"A dog deserves better than what he got, it's just so sad," grandmother Mary Ward cried.

The GBI says around 2 AM a Dougherty County Police officer tried pulling Thomas over because he appeared impaired. Agent Mike Pro says Thomas didn't stop, so the officers chased him at a speed of about 30 miles per hour for a few miles until he crashed at the intersection of Sunny Lane and Jefferies Avenue.

"The driver attempted to run from the vehicle. And in the attempt to take him into custody a taser was deployed," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

Cheek says Thomas struggled with the officer. After tasing Thomas, an officer put him in handcuffs and placed him inside the police car. When EMS crews arrived to check on Thomas' condition, Thomas passed away, leaving behind his girlfriend Margaret Johnson and three children including a one-year-old.

"I'm still in shock, very much so. Because I was just standing in the doorway waiting for him to walk in," said Johnson.

Now witnesses and the officers involved are at the Dougherty County Police station being questioned. And the GBI is not releasing the officers' names at this time.


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