Coroner releases autopsy results for man who died after police use TASER on him

Police identify officers who used TASERs on man who later died

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark says the cause and manner of death for 32-year-old Kevin Bajoie is undetermined.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said on June 20, 2015, officers were called to an apartment complex on Avenue C at Woodpecker Street in the Scotlandville area because two people were reportedly fighting outside.

Responding officers said a suspect, later identified as Bajoie, was seen lying on his back and as they approached him, he jumped up and allegedly tried to attack them.

A police report released Saturday night called Bajoie's actions "unprovoked," "aggressive" and "erratic."

The coroner, William "Beau" Clark, M.D., D-ABMDI says a drug screening showed Bajoie had multiple, illicit drugs in his system. He also had evidence of blunt force trauma to the head. It is not known at this time if the injury happened before or during the incident with the two officers. Clark says it is possible the injury happened during the fight police were originally dispatched to handle.

The coroner also says it is not known if the blunt force trauma to the head was a fatal wound.

Final results are pending a histology and an additional toxicology study.

The two officers were placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. The officers have been identified as Jace Ducote and Maurice Duke.

Police say Ducote has been employed with the department for six years. Duke has been employed with the department for five years. Both are currently assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau.

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