GBI Investigating Use of Force Incident Resulting in Death in Coweta County, GA

November 21, 2015

Coweta County, GA- On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Columbus Office was requested to investigate a use of force incident in Coweta County, GA that resulted in the death of Chase Alan Sherman, age 32. 

On November 20, 2015 at approximately 9:09 PM, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to an E911 call made by Sherman’s mother from a location off I-85 Southbound in Coweta County.  Sherman’s mother indicated that Sherman was suffering from a psychotic break as a result of ingesting drugs believed to be spice.  Sherman’s father and girlfriend attempted to restrain Sherman while deputies were en route to the scene.  When deputies arrived, they attempted to gain control of Sherman.  Throughout the struggle, one of the deputies deployed a taser in an attempt to control Sherman.  Sherman continued to resist the deputies and medical personnel that arrived on the scene. Sherman stopped fighting and went into medical distress at which point deputies and EMS started performing CPR.  Sherman was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Sherman will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur, GA for an autopsy. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for any action they deem appropriate.

The GBI will be releasing the E911 calls related to this incident.

Contact Information: 
Chris DeMarco – Assistant Special Agent in Charge 706/565-7888