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Autopsy: Suspect Died of Cocaine Overdose

Posted March 20, 2008 10:44 a.m. EDT

— A man who died in January after Fayetteville police used a Taser on him had a toxic amount of cocaine in his system, according to an autopsy report.

Otis C. Anderson, 36, of 2724 Providence St., died on Jan. 9 after officers stunned him twice with a Taser during a struggle at the scene of an attempted break-in, police said.

Officers were responding to a break-in alarm from a convenience store on Murchison Road when Anderson became combative, police said. Anderson had flagged down police earlier to report that he had overdosed on crack cocaine, but he ran off before paramedics could be summoned, police said.

After using the Taser, officers were able to get Anderson on the ground and handcuff him, and paramedics were trying to remove a Taser dart that had stuck in him when he stopped breathing, police said.

The autopsy report indicated that the struggle with police contributed to Anderson's death.

One officer was placed on administrative leave after the incident. The case remains under investigation by the Fayetteville Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation.