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Inmate dies after police used a taser and pepper spray, GBI investigates

An inmate dies after the use of force by police officers in a Georgia jail. 

An inmate dies after the use of force by police officers in a Georgia jail.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to investigate an inmate death that occurred immediately after a use of force incident which occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The subject, identified as Antonio May of Macon, GA, age 32, who was an inmate at the Fulton County jail became combative and failed to comply with jail staff.

A confrontation occurred and May was tased and sprayed with pepper spray. Jail staff was able to gain control of May.  May was decontaminated due to the use of pepper spray. He later became unresponsive. Jail staff and medical staff conducted CPR.

Grady EMS and the Atlanta Fire Department were dispatched to the scene and attempted life-saving measures. May was pronounced deceased on the scene.

May had been arrested on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 for criminal trespass and a warrant from another county. The Fulton County Medical Examiner will conduct the autopsy.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation.  Once complete, it will be turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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