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Published on May 23, 2024
Brunswick Man Dies After Encounter with School Resource Officer, GBI Launches InvestigationSource: Unsplash/ Mike Labrum

A Brunswick man has died following an incident involving a Glynn County School Resource Officer, triggering a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe. The man, identified as Isaias Gomez Pena, 38, purportedly displayed signs of distress before the fatal interaction occurred.

According to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release, the School Resource Officer responded to a report of a distressed individual on South Port Parkway on Monday. The situation escalated, necessitating backup from additional law enforcement officers. It was during this encounter that officers recognized Pena was having a the medical emergency, which led to an immediate EMS call.

Despite the efforts of emergency medical technicians, Pena was pronounced dead after being transferred to Southeast Medical Hospital. The precise cause of death is undetermined, awaiting an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a call for public assistance in the case, urging potential witnesses who were near South Port Parkway between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to come forward with any relevant information. Confidential tips can be submitted through various channels, including a toll-free hotline at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation website, or a designated mobile app.

Special Agent in Charge Stacy Carson is overseeing the independent investigation which, once concluded, will be placed in the hands the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for a full review. As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues its work, the community anxiously awaits answers in the untimely demise of Isaias Gomez Pena.