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RCSO Officer Who was Involved in Taser Death is a Corporal Hired in 2016


Corporal Tommy Gunn is the deputy that has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation into the weekend death of Christopher Blount.

Corporal Gunn was hired by the Sheriff’s Office on August 27, 2016 and is assigned to the Field Operations Division.

“The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time,” sheriff’s Sgt. William McCarty said.

A LinkedIn page shows Cpl. Gunn has previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years.

Original Story: 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is stepping in to examine the circumstances of an overnight death of a Hephzibah man after he was struck by a taser by a deputy.

Christopher Tyrone Blount, 45, became unresponsive after being hit with a Taser on South Kensington Drive just after midnight Sunday, according to sheriff’s Sgt. William McCarty. Deputies had come to the location about a disturbance.

Sgt. William McCarty gave this account of what happened before his death:

   “After arriving on the scene, deputies encountered a male subject who was being combative and attempted to take him into custody. During the encounter, a deputy deployed his Taser to subdue the subject and he was taken into custody. Afterwards, the subject became unresponsive and deputies began performing CPR. Fire Department and EMS also responded to the scene and continued to perform CPR but were unsuccessful.”

According to Coroner Mark Bowen, Blount became unresponsive and resuscitative measures failed. He was pronounced dead on scene at 2:34 a.m., and an autopsy has been scheduled.

Following their policies, the sheriff’s office requested an independent investigation by the GBI, and agent came to the scene to begin their probe. Also, the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division will be conducting an internal investigation into the incident. They did not name the deputy involved, but they said the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Blount is a felon with multiple convictions for dealing cocaine and marijuana possession, and he also has a conviction in Richmond County for obstruction of officers.

Christopher Blount 2016
Christopher Blount (2016 mugshot)

He served some time in prison for his drug offenses. He was last arrested in May for driving on a suspended license and speeding, and he was serving a year probation after a guilty plea in July.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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