AUGUSTA (WJBF) – A man is dead and a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputy is on leave following an incident that happened Sunday evening.

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 12:35am, Richmond County Deputies responded to a residence on South Kensington Drive, off of Deans Bridge Road, in reference to a disturbance.

After arriving on the scene, Deputies encountered a male subject, identified as 45-year-old Christopher Tyrone Blount, who was being combative and attempted to take him into custody.

During the encounter, investigators say Corporal Tommy Gunn deployed his taser to subdue Blount and he was taken into custody. Afterwards, police say Blount became unresponsive and deputies began performing CPR.

Augusta Fire Department and EMS also responded to the scene and continued to perform CPR but were unsuccessful. Blount was pronounced deceased on the scene at 2:34 a.m.

At the request of the Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene where the investigation was turned over to them.

The Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division will be conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

Cpl. Gunn has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. He joined the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on August 27, 2016.