- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man who died after being shot twice with Taser stun guns by Baton Rouge officers showed signs of head injuries, drugs in his system and skin wounds consistent with a stun gun, but his cause of death remains unclear, according to preliminary autopsy findings.

Initial findings in the Saturday death of Kevin Bajoie, 32, of Zachary includes evidence of blunt force trauma to his head and illicit drug use, but neither Bajoie’s cause or manner of death is definitive, multiple media outlets report.

It is not clear yet whether Bajoie’s head injury happened before or during the incident with two officers who said he attacked them after they responded to a report of two people fighting on Saturday morning. Bajoie was hit twice with Tasers and later died at a hospital.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said additional test results should be available in three to four weeks.

“It’s always a possibility with any death that it could remain ‘undetermined,’ but my hopes and intentions are that we come to a conclusion with the data we have,” Clark told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1QO3LW6 ).

Clark did not elaborate on the source of Bajoie’s head injuries or which drugs were in Bajoie’s system.

Clark said he wasn’t aware of anything in Bajoie’s autopsy or medical history indicating the deceased man suffered from health problems that would have contributed to his death.

Clark said he has never heard of stun guns being named the direct cause in someone’s death, but said stun gun use could be part of a combination of other factors, including drug intoxication.

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Jace Ducote and Officer Maurice Duke are on paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident, which is standard procedure, said police department spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola. Ducote has been employed with the department for six years and Duke five years.

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