The July 19th death of Eric William Irby is the third suspicious killing of a citizen by police in Clarke County since 1994. Irby, 25, died while in police custody following a multicounty chase for traffic offenses. Clarke County officers were among the police involved in the chase and capture. Although police initially said Irby died of "heart failure" or a "heart attack," the coroner has ruled, based on an autopsy, that Irby died of suffocation resulting from being hogtied by unnamed police officers.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "Another Suspicious Police Killing" (1997). Popular Media. 151.