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BATON ROUGE - The coroner's office said more time and more tests will be needed to confirm exactly how a Zachary man died after Baton Rouge Police used a stun gun to subdue him this weekend.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner said 32-year-old Kevin Bajoie's preliminary cause of death is "undetermined" at this time, but they did detect multiple drugs in his system.

Baton Rouge Police said on Saturday morning patrol officers Jace Ducote and Maurice Duke responded to a call on Avenue C about some people fighting outside a home. The officers said when they arrived they saw Bajoie lying on his back, and he attacked the officers when one approached him.

BRPD said the officers used stun guns to subdue Bajoie before taking him into custody. Police said EMS took him to a local hospital, where he died.

"EMS felt because of this individual's unprovoked, aggression toward the officer along with his erratic behavior they decided that he need to be transported," Coppola said.

The coroner's office said Bajoie had blunt trauma to his head, superficial wounds where the stun guns shocked him, and "multiple" drugs in his system. The coroner said it will take about three to four weeks for the restuls of full toxicology and histology tests to come back.

Ducote and Duke were put on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.

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