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Fayetteville officers cleared in man's death

Posted March 21, 2012 4:49 p.m. EDT

— 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.