GBI investigating death of Spalding County Jail inmate


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Spalding County Jail inmate.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the man’s death occurred Friday afternoon.

Authorities say deputies were notified at approximately 2 p.m. today that the inmate was in distress, and jail medical personnel and deputies responded immediately, administering aid until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel.

The Spalding County Fire Department and EMS took over treatment upon arrival, and the inmate was transported to the emergency room of WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Sheriff’s Office reported the GBI was immediately notified and was on site at the jail Friday afternoon.

“Misinformation has been posted on social media regarding the time that the first inmate called for help to the deputies’ response,” Dix said. “The deputies’ response time was less than one minute. This has been verified by video.”

The GBI is investigating at the request of Dix.


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