Man Dies After Being Pepper Sprayed By Police

A man has died after he was pepper sprayed while being arrested by Alabama police.Anthony Dewayne Ware, 35, had tried to resist officers, according to Tuscaloosa police.

The confrontation began after a resident called police on Friday to report that a man who appeared to be armed with a handgun was sitting on a neighbour’s front porch.

A police statement said: “The suspect fled from the porch into the nearby woods.

“Officers chased the suspect into the woods and when the officers caught up to the suspect he resisted arrest.”

Police said they used pepper spray and handcuffed him.

“While walking out of the woods the suspect collapsed,” police said.

“Officers evaluated his condition and began CPR and called for medical personnel to respond on an emergency status.”

Ware was taken to hospital, where he died on Friday night.

He was wanted on a warrant issued on Friday for a domestic violence strangulation charge, reports

Tuscaloosa police said an investigation had been launched to determine how Ware died.

The inquiry will include investigators from outside the police force.

The six police officers involved in the arrest are not being placed on leave, authorities said.

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