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AUTOPSY: No Alcohol Or Drugs In Man Who Died After Bicycle Tasing

An autopsy says a man who died after being tasered by police had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

Roger Anthony died last November after Scotland Neck police got a call about a drunk man falling from his bicycle. The officer said he called out to the 62-year-old man, turned on his lights and siren and tried to get him to stop.

Police said the officer then followed the man on foot, warned him multiple times and then tased him. Anthony fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement. He later died at Vidant Medical Center.

The autopsy says the man's toxicology tests came back clean. It notes Anthony had a history of seizures and falling. His cause of death was lethal blunt trauma to the head.

Family members tell WITN the autopsy only confirms what they knew all along. And while they say it brings some closure, they also say they don't understand why the situation had to end so tragically and are building a case against the officer involved.

The SBI was called in to investigate the death and Officer John Turner was placed on desk duty.

Anthony's family said he was hard of hearing and the officer could have done something else to stop him.


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