- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

ROBINSONVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Officials are investigating why a man died after being jailed in Tunica County.

Derek Smith was arrested after a Feb. 9 bar fight in Robinsonville. Tunica County Chief Deputy Randy Stewart tells WREG-TV (https://bit.ly/2lWDtUR) that Smith hit a deputy and was charged with resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness.

Stewart says a deputy shocked Smith twice with a stun gun to make him “controllable,” but says deputies didn’t use excessive force. Stewart tells WMC-TV (https://bit.ly/2lWDsQN) that Smith refused medical assessment when initially arrested. Tunica County on Friday released video of the bar fight preceding the arrest.

As his girlfriend was bailing him out Friday, Smith was found to need medical attention. He died later in a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is examining Smith’s death.

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