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Report: Raleigh man who died in police custody was sedated

Posted September 18, 2015

— A Raleigh man who died in police custody earlier this week had trouble breathing and became unresponsive shortly after he was sedated by emergency personnel, according to a preliminary report released Friday on the incident.

Carl Devince King, 52, died early Monday after being taken into custody by Raleigh police officers who responded to a 911 call about King acting erratically and possibly breaking into a neighbor's home before attacking his roommate.

Officers found King sitting naked in the entryway of his home on Slippery Elm Drive, yelling, sweating profusely and swinging a lamp back and forth, according to the report from Raleigh police.

Officers grabbed the lamp and were able to handcuff King's hands in front of his body.

"During this time, Mr. King continued to resist the officers and tried to bite them, all while screaming loudly and making growling sounds," the report stated.

The officers called for backup and EMS. When help arrived, the officers were able to remove the handcuffs, roll King over and reapply the cuffs behind his back "in an attempt to better control him," the report stated.

EMS workers administered "a standard dosage of Versed," which is a sedative, to try to calm King. Soon after, they noticed his breathing was shallow and he had become unresponsive. The handcuffs were removed and EMS personnel began performing CPR.

According to the report, resuscitation efforts continued for 40 minutes until King was declared dead.

A preliminary examination by the medical examiner did not reveal an obvious cause of death. An autopsy and a toxicology test will be performed, officials said

Cassandra Morris, King's roommate who called 911 to say he was "going crazy," told WRAL News that King had been drinking and taking medications and "just snapped."

"He was just running through the house yelling. I was trying to calm him down, trying to get him a shower, but the shower didn't do him no good," she said.

Police have been called to the home more than a dozen times over the past two years, according to Raleigh Police Department records, including calls for an attempted suicide and domestic assaults.

Master Officer S.A. Brown, Senior Officer A.L. Council, Officer C.J. Flagler, Officer A.J. Williams and Sgt. D.R. Williams have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the incident, which is standard procedure. The Raleigh Police Department is conducting its own internal investigation to determine whether officers followed policy.


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  • Roy Jones Sep 19, 2015
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    Sir I do not know you nor and I going to judge you but when the complete report come out NOT the one part of a sentence that WRAL reports you will see he did this to his self. When you put toxins into your system this could be the result. What WRAL isn't reporting is their is a bad batch of MOLIE in that part of town with several emergency call from this particular drug. The only reason this is not picked up is the people expired in the hospital not on the street. Police chief is conducting a thero

  • Scott Householder Sep 19, 2015
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    What I am saying is that the police are here "To Serve and to Protect"
    Any questions??

  • Matt Nickeson Sep 19, 2015
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    The police are not your parents, they are not responsible for you and the repercussions of your poor life decisions.

  • Phil Manutz Sep 19, 2015
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    So what you are saying is, that it is the responsibility of the police to make sure that a grown man gets some help with his life? And therefore, it is their fault that he is dead?

  • Scott Householder Sep 18, 2015
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    "Police have been called to the home more than a dozen times over the past two years, according to Raleigh Police Department records, including calls for an attempted suicide and domestic assaults."
    Way to go, RPD... Don't even BOTHER to get the man the help he OBVIOUSLY needed. Good people find themselves in bad predicaments all the time due to life's circumstances. Most people, with help, can pull through and come out on the other side healthy. It's a shame that this man had to lose his life. RIP, brother.

  • gayleling Sep 18, 2015

    he was on what is called FLAKKA. It raises your temp. to around 105 which is why people are nude & sweating profusely. It brings out extreme reactions and is causing a lot of deaths. It has become epidemic in Florida, its cheap to get and is a type of crystal meth. And it is being made to look like candy gummy bears. Bad News Drug