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SBI: Stun gun used on NC man who died in arrest

Posted August 26, 2011 9:00 a.m. EDT
Updated August 29, 2011 5:29 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina state police say the man who died during a struggle with Fayetteville police had been hit with a stun gun.

Police identified the man as Michael Wade Evans, 56, of Simpson Street.

The State Bureau of Investigation said Evans collapsed after being stunned with a Taser during a struggle with three Fayetteville police officers Wednesday. Witnesses said Evans was acting strangely in front of a restaurant and tried to jump into the path of passing cars.

Officers Alexander Leviner, Christopher Crews and Travis Smith, all members of the Campbellton Bureau Patrol, have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the SBI investigation, which is routine when police use force that results in death.