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Man acting erratically dies during arrest in Fayetteville

Posted August 24, 2011
Updated August 25, 2011

— A man acting erratically and trying to jump on passing vehicles in Fayetteville died when police tried to arrest him on Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

Police said the incident happened near a restaurant at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Adams Street.

When the officers tried to arrest the man, he resisted. During the struggle, the man became unconscious. He died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. 

The man's name was not released. 

Police would not say what kind of weapons or force was used.

Officers Alexander Leviner, 35, Christopher Crews, 25, and Travis Smith, 22, were placed on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigations looks into the incident, which is standard procedure.

All three officers are assigned to the Campbellton Bureau Patrol. Crews has been with the Fayetteville Police Department since June 2009, Smith since November 2009 and Leviner since August 2010.


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  • Gg1979 Aug 29, 2011

    Not saying that something was wrong with this man but there are really some less fortune/sick people here in Fayetteville just like other parts of USA. By the time I was 21 I had been to some other countries and by the time I was 28 I have lived/been to many states her in the USA. I came to the conclusion that America was the only country that let people run around that needed to be locked up where they are able to be issued their medicine on time!

  • ncglbrt Aug 26, 2011

    Several pre-existing medical conditions could have caused this man to behave erratically...elevated ammonia levels caused by a liver that fails to function properly even meningitis. Prescription meds could also have been the culprit. Abnormal behavior isn't always a result of illegal drug use. As far as this man dying after the use of a taser...it very well could have caused a fatal arrythmia where the heart fails to beat properly or just stops beating altogether. Without all the facts it is only speculation.

  • Sunshine456 Aug 26, 2011

    I would just like everyone to know that Michael was a good man. My husband last saw him on Monday and he appeared fine. He was unable to get a hold of him past that and then this happened on Wednesday. Michael was such a positive person and could hold a good conversation. He cared about people. I don't know what happened but it sounds like something medical because he is not a crazy person to do such things. The officers involved as well as Michael's family and friends are all in pain over this. I am sure it was no one's intentions but a tragedy.

  • Sunshine456 Aug 26, 2011

    I just want to let every

  • sappmegan Aug 26, 2011

    i live in fayetteville and they announced it this morning they they use a stun gun on the man.

  • didisaythat Aug 26, 2011

    We do have civilian Review Boards...It's called a jury...and it looks like they get it wrong sometimes too. You have to remember that we are dealing with the average human. I know Mike and the rest of the bleeding heart liberals think they can do no wrong and you are wrong if you disagree with them..but people make mistakes everyday. That is the sad facts of life.

  • hunter38 Aug 26, 2011

    To fayncmike: I think if you conducted a nationwide survey, you would find that MORE officers have been fired by the result of an Internal Investigation than not......but people like you only dwell on the ones that were cleared by an Internal Investigation......typical....prove me wrong.

  • fayncmike Aug 26, 2011

    in my life, if I'm 80% accurate, its a good day. If this man died because a police officer's use of force was 80% accurate, I wish grace for that officer, who was acting to serve the peace and general welfare of the guy and the community.

    One can only hope you're not a brain surgeon or an airline pilot:)

  • Supie Aug 25, 2011

    in my life, if I'm 80% accurate, its a good day. If this man died because a police officer's use of force was 80% accurate, I wish grace for that officer, who was acting to serve the peace and general welfare of the guy and the community.

  • fayncmike Aug 25, 2011

    Really fayncmike??? You feel putting civilians on a review board dealing with police matters that know absolutely nothing about police work, techniques, training etc etc. would work??

    Yes as a matter of fact a CRB should and would be most welcome by officers who have nothing to hide. As a matter of fact just proposing a CRB is a good way to screen officers. Those opposing a CRB are dirty and can be fired then and there. Those not opposing it have nothing to hide and are obviously clean.

    As far as the board members being untrained that definitely are trained. This is a link to the Durham CRB manual. I think it's about the norm.


    Read the first four pages.