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Fayetteville returns Tasers to officers after man's death

Posted October 21, 2011

— After almost two months of testing following the death of a Fayetteville man, the Fayetteville Police Department said Friday that it was reissuing Tasers to its officers.

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.

A few days after the incident, Police Chief Tom Bergamine ordered that all department-issued Tasers be turned in for testing to ensure they were working properly.

An analysis by manufacturer Taser International showed that 185 of the police department's stun guns worked according to specifications, police said. Five others either had a power failure that would not allow them to fire or needed the pulse rate adjusted, and they were returned to Taser International for replacement.

None of the Tasers used in subduing Evans were among the malfunctioning units, police said.


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  • GLOCKMASTER Oct 21, 2011

    Good for the officers and glad to see someone came to their senses. Sounds like someone had a typical kneejerk reaction to a nonexistent problem.

  • beachboater Oct 21, 2011

    The chance of dying from a taser would be far less than dying from hot lead.

  • wildcat Oct 21, 2011

    Well its on their shoulders not mine's. A death occur and it seems it means nothing to some. When its your love one, maybe you will see and feel different.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Oct 21, 2011

    About time! Fayetteville Police have a tough job.

  • jimcool59 Oct 21, 2011

    Helk we all know they were working properly, the subject died. Jeez what a bunch of gas passing yoyos even checked for was a waste of funds