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GBI investigates Quincy man's death

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By Angye Morrison

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials are working to find out what happened to a Quincy man who died after he was taken into custody by the Thomas County Sheriff's Office last Friday.

Ronnie Thompson, GBI agent in charge, said Rudolph Byrd, 37, died at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Ga.

According to reports, a Thomas County deputy responded to a traffic call on U.S. 19, just outside of Thomasville. Byrd was in a truck, parked in the middle of the road. He was conscious at the time, but seemed to be injured. As the deputy questioned Byrd, he became agitated and resistant. During the scuffle, a taser was used to subdue Byrd.

Byrd was taken to the emergency room to be treated for his injuries. It is not known yet whether Byrd suffered injuries prior to the arrest or during the scuffle.

As he was escorted to the rescue unit and being placed in the vehicle, Byrd went into cardiac distress, the report said, and was rushed to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the health care facility.

An autopsy will be performed to determine exact cause of death.