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Fayetteville officers cleared in man's death

Posted March 21, 2012

— Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said Wednesday that no charges are warranted against Fayetteville police officers in the death of local man last summer.

Michael Wade Evans, 56, of Simpson Street, collapsed on Aug. 24 after being stunned with a Taser during a struggle with three Fayetteville police officers, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Witnesses said Evans was acting strangely in front of a restaurant and tried to jump into the path of passing cars.

An SBI investigation turned up no wrongdoing by the officers involved in the incident, West said.

Evans' death prompted Police Chief Tom Bergamine to pull all department-issued Tasers off the street for testing to ensure they were working properly. The devices were returned to officers last October.


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  • warbirdlover Mar 21, 2012

    Absolutly Correct Westernwake. Remember Rodney King Case when he was hopped up on something. I was at a Night Club in Tampa years ago, and seen a dude hopped up on PCP, whom weighed about 140 pounds, throw a 250 pound Tampa PD officer like he was a ragdoll.

  • pinkiglock Mar 21, 2012

    Totally agree Westernwake1. Stay safe Law Enforcement!

  • westernwake1 Mar 21, 2012

    Criminal hyped up on drugs. The officers did the exact right thing. They were quite properly cleared.