COVINGTON -- The man who swallowed narcotics during a traffic stop by a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Wednesday afternoon has died, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum.
Terry Dean Gore, 45, of a Jack Neely Road address, was pronounced dead at Newton General Hospital following the incident.
Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis has taken the body to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab to ascertain the manner and cause of death, Crum said, adding that the GBI is also investigating what occurred during the traffic stop.
"Sheriff (Ezell) Brown specifically requested the GBI conduct an independent investigation because law enforcement action was involved," Crum said. "The GBI has interviewed witnesses, viewed video tapes from the Covington Police Department (patrol units which assisted in the traffic stop) and from the convenience store."
The traffic stop took place at the Marathon gas station at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and Bypass Road. A deputy stopped a vehicle driven by a woman with two male passengers and when he started questioning one of the men, an altercation began and the man ingested some narcotics that were in his possession.
Both the suspect and the deputy, who complained of pain and soreness from the altercation, were transported to the hospital.
The deputy was treated and released and is doing fine, Crum said.