Family wants answers after man dies in Chatham County Detention Center

Family wants answers after man dies in Chatham County Detention Center

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - WTOC is digging deeper into the death of a 22-year-old at the Chatham County Detention Center.

The man, Matt Ajibade, worked at Wells Fargo and was also studying computer science at Savannah Technical College. His family said he suffered from bi-polar disorder.

According to a police report, a confrontation with his girlfriend on New Year's Day began a series of events that ultimately ended with Ajibade dead in an isolation cell.

“We simply cannot lose any more lives to the people who are supposed to protect us,” said Chris Oladapo, Ajibade's brother.

Oladapo posted a video on social media, and WTOC conducted an interview with him on Monday afternoon. However, it ended after Oladapo spoke with his attorney, Mark O'Mara, a CNN legal analyst who also represented George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Treyvon Martin.

The family is planning a news conference on Tuesday and would not be finishing the interview on Monday.

“Matt had a mental episode with the police,” Oladapo said in his video. “Matt's employer and girlfriend specifically instructed the police about Matt's mental illness.”

According to the police report, police responded to a call near the couple's apartment. Police said Ajibade had his girlfriend wrapped in a blanket and wouldn't let her go.

The report also said she was bruised and bleeding, and said his girlfriend gave police his medication used to treat his bipolar disorder before he was taken away. The sheriff's office said Ajibade became combative during booking and left a female sergeant with a concussion and a broken nose.

Ajibade was placed in an isolation cell. The sheriff's office hasn't said how long he was there before deputies found him dead. Now his family wants answers.

“Remember, this has to come from a place of love, not hate, because I know that's what Matt would've wanted,” Oladapo said.

Ajibade's body is at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab. His autopsy to determine his cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday. The GBI has taken over the investigation and isn't releasing further information yet.

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