Meth, synthetic pot found in tased man's system
BATON ROUGE - Autopsy results showed a Zachary man died from a drug overdose after police said he attacked them and was shocked with a taser.
The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said drug screens showed 32-year-old Kevin Bajoie had a mix of methamphetamine, amphetamine, and synthetic cannabinoids in his system which caused his death.
Baton Rouge Police said on June 20 officers responded to a call on the the 9900 block of Avenue C right across Southern's campus. The officers said Bajoie was lying on his back but jumped up and started to attack the officers when they got close.
"Two other officers, which also arrived on scene noticed this unprovoked, erratic behavior by this individual so they evoked less lethal force by using their taser," Baton Rouge police spokesperson Don Coppola said.
The officers called EMS after Bajoie was subdued, and he later died. The patrol officers involved, Jace Ducote and Maurice Duke, were placed on administrative leave per protocol after the incident. Police later said they were justified in their actions and followed their training.
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