A Columbus man, who was incarcerated as an inmate at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center, died Sunday morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle.
According to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant, Orlando Guyton, 41, of 1173 Old Yorkville Road, was pronounced dead at BMH-GT. Merchant said an autopsy is being conducted on Guyton’s body and the cause of death has yet to be determined. Guyton had severely lacerated one of his wrists during an alleged burglary of an apartment that eventually led to his arrest.
“Guyton had sustained an injury prior to his arrest by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office,”
Merchant said. “He was placed in a cell up front in the jail because he was injured. He didn’t seem right Sunday morning so he was taken to BMH by ambulance. He went into cardiac arrest at the hospital. They worked on him for over an hour and they could not revive him. After examining his body, he had no trauma to his body other than a laceration to his wrist. He had this laceration before he was arrested. There was no new trauma to his body.”
Guyton was arrested in the early hours of Friday, Dec. 19 for burglary of an occupied dwelling.
According to investigators with the LCSO, deputies responded to an E-911 call shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 in regards to a burglary at Stringer Manor Apartments. Guyton allegedly went to an apartment in the complex and forced his way in after knocking on the door. The home was occupied and the occupants fled to safety through the backdoor of the dwelling.
The tenant of the apartment showed up to find “Guyton and blood everywhere”” and her apartment in “complete disarray.”
Guyton ran out of the front door of the apartment and the tenant followed him. He was almost hit by a vehicle in the parking lot but kept running. The tenant told the driver of the vehicle to call E-911 because she thought “her babies had been murdered” because of the amount of blood, which was deemed Guyton’s blood, in her apartment.
The unnamed tenant continued chasing Guyton to Providence Place, but she stopped and Guyton allegedly ran behind a house. Guyton was believed to have been attempting to enter a house at Providence Place when he was spotted by law enforcement. Guyton was told to show his hands and he would not and he was tased as a result.
“He was bleeding profusely,” said LCSO Chief Deputy Marc Miley. “We have a deputy who is a trained medic who had to treat him on the scene. Guyton was extremely violent and he was then transferred to BMH-GT by ambulance. He was extremely violent and combative at the hospital.”
[As word began to spread about Guyton’s death on Monday, so did rumors of alleged police wrongdoings. Packet reporter Chris McDill was on scene at Providence Place as soon as the deputies arrived. His version of what happened at Plantation Place was almost identical to that of the LCSO. McDill said Guyton was bleeding badly, so badly that E-911 received a separate call
about the blood at Providence Place Friday. McDill said LCSO deputies never touched Guyton. He was tased, became violent and was restrained. McDill said the arrest seemed like standard procedure. Jeff Clark, Publisher]
Guyton’s arrest was the last in a long list of more 32 arrests for numerous charges including multiple charges of aggravated assault, numerous charges of possession of cocaine, numerous counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and various other infractions. Guyton had been released from jail only hours before his burglary arrest Friday morning.
Friends and family remember Guyton as a troubled soul with a big heart, who was once a minister at Shiloh Full Gospel Church.
“Regardless of his trouble with the law, he tried very hard,” said his sister-in-law, Lauray Guyton. “He had a lot of love for other people. You could be upset with him and it would change quickly. He stayed with me for months, I never gave up on him, I truly believed in him. He had a ministry for the people. He was really a sweet person. He was a good person. He was going through some tough times mentally that led to his behavior.”
Miley said the LCSO has turned over the investigation into Guyton’s death to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.0