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Autopsy planned for man who died after being Tased

August 16, 2020 GMT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities said an autopsy will be conducted on a man who died Saturday after being Tased by police in Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Kendrell Antron Watkins, 31, died Saturday morning.

A relative called 911 Friday night to report that Watkins was “losing it” and causing property damage in the home, police said. Police said officers later used a Taser to subdue him after he ran naked into an intersection. Before his death, Watkins told emergency medical technicians that he had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier in the evening, police said.

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“Body camera and video evidence has been preserved and the department is fully cooperating with the investigation,” said Tuscaloosa Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Taylor.

Watkins became unresponsive at the hospital and was pronounced dead, Taylor said.

The cause of death now is under investigation by members of the multi-agency Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit who are not employed with the Tuscaloosa Police Department.