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Man, 26, falls down embankment to his death after getting out of car on I-20

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A Conyers man fell down a steep embankment to his death Wednesday morning in downtown Atlanta. And police said the incident happened sometime after he got out of a car on I-20 following an argument.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as Mr. Russell T. Sutton Jr.

Officers found about the 26-year-old man’s death around 9 a.m. when someone called 911, according to Atlanta police.

They responded to the I-75 northbound ramp near I-20 westbound and found the man dead near the guardrail, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

The man’s family was also at the scene, she said.

Investigators said Mr. Sutton had been out at the Graveyard Tavern at 1245 Glenwood Ave. with friends and family when they left around 1:30 a.m.

“While in a vehicle, an argument ensued and the victim exited the vehicle and stated that he would rather walk,” Officer Jones said.

The last contact family members had with Mr. Sutton was around 4 a.m. by text.

“The family had been looking for the victim all morning and pulled over at the incident location when they saw an ambulance,” Officer Jones said. “At this point in the investigation it appears that the victim fell down a steep embankment possibly from the Capitol Avenue exit ramp.”

The body has been turned over to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death.

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