- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Authorities in Baton Rouge say a man has died after being subdued with a stun gun by police.

Police responded to a report of two people fighting Saturday morning. When they got to the scene, police say they found Kevin Bajoie, 32, of Zachary, lying on his back. When police approached him, they say Bajoie jumped up and attempted to attack an officer.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Don Coppola says the officers subdued Bajoie with a stun gun.

“As the first responding officer approached Bajoie, he unexpectedly jumped up and attempted to attack the officer with the intent to physically harm him,” Coppola said in a news release. “After observing the unprovoked, aggressive, erratic behavior displayed by Bajoie, two different responding officers invoked less than lethal force by using their Tasers.”

At least three officers responded to the incident, but only two fired their Tasers at Bajoie. Police identified the officers Monday as Jace Ducote and Maurice Duke.

Ducote has been employed with the department for six years and Duke five years. Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Coppola said.

It also is protocol to call Emergency Medical Services whenever a Taser is deployed, Coppola said, but people shot with the stun guns usually are not taken to a hospital.

EMS personnel, however, “felt (Bajoie) needed to be taken to a hospital for further medical attention” because of his earlier behavior, Coppola said.

Bajoie later died at the hospital. No one else involved in the fight has been arrested, Coppola said.

Lawrence Bajoie, Kevin Bajoie’s father, spent Father’s Day loading his son’s car onto a trailer to move it back home.

“I’m at a loss,” he told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1LgeELI) of the death of his son.

He said he believes his son’s death was a result of being shot by the stun guns.

“That’s a lot of electricity going through your body,” Bajoie said, noting that his son was small-framed and weighed about 150 pounds.

Bajoie said he knew of no underlying medical problems Kevin Bajoie had.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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