SBI Investigates Sudden Death Of Teen In Custody Of NCSU Police
Posted November 3, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case of a man who died Sunday night after he was arrested on the North Carolina State campus.
According to investigators, N.C. State police were stopping cars and checking licenses near the entrance to the McKimmon Center when they stopped 19-year-old Brandon Barnett, from Raleigh, around 9:45 p.m.
Campus police said Barnett did not have any identification. But he did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest with the Raleigh Police Department in connection with a drug charge.
Campus police said they they found a controlled substance in Barnett's car. They were about to take him to the Wake County jail when he had a seizure.
They handcuffed him and put him in a squad car.
"At one point," said NCSU Police Chief Tom Younce, "one of the officers asked him: 'Are you OK?' And he said: 'Yes.' And then, when they turned back around, that's when he appeared to have some kind of convulsion or seizure.
"He was compliant during the entire incident and did not resist. There was no force used by the officers other than just putting handcuffs on him."
The checkpoint was on Varsity Drive, just 50 yards from a Wake County EMS station. Campus police rushed Barnett there, and EMS took him to the hospital, where he died.
Police say Barnett lived in a house on Rumson Road in east Raleigh. He was not a student at N.C. State and had no affiliation with the university.
An autopsy was being performed Monday.