Suspect who died in struggle with police identified by GBI

JONESBORO — A burglary suspect who died after struggling with Clayton County police has been identified as a recent parolee with a long history of arrests involving drugs, family violence and theft.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said Monday that Gabriel Deville Soto, 30, of Lithonia, died Thursday after scuffling with arresting officers. The results of Soto’s Friday autopsy is pending toxicology, histology and medical history, said Bankhead.

Soto was released on parole from Wheeler Corrections Facility Aug. 24, 2011, after serving more than five years for multiple counts of burglary in Fayette, Pike and Spalding counties, according to online Georgia Department of Corrections records. Soto was on parole until 2018, according to Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen said officers went to Georgetown Court off Tara Boulevard Thursday about 11:15 a.m. in reference to a suspected burglary in progress. Police found two suspects inside the residence and put one in custody without incident, he said.

“The second suspect resisted arrest and a physical altercation ensued,” said Nguyen.

Two officers were hurt during the scuffle and transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, he said. One suspect was also injured and transported to the hospital.

One suspect was arrested at the incident location and transported to the Clayton County Jail. Nguyen did not release any information on the jailed inmate.

The GBI is investigating the incident.