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Walter McKelvey, Unarmed, Dies After Being Tased by Police

Walter McKelvey died after he was pepper-sprayed and tased by police outside the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg, Oregon on Saturday.

Roseburg police were called at 3:15 p.m. to a report of a man jumping on vehicles and causing damage.

McKelvey allegedly refused to obey police officers, who used pepper spray and a taser on the unarmed 56 year old, notes

That's when McKelvey stopped breathing and police officers began CPR. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

McKelvey’s death is still under investigation, according to District Attorney Rick Wesenberg and an autopsy is scheduled this week at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police believe McKelvey called 911 to report two men who were harassing him. McKelvey allegedly ran into traffic before deputies used the weapons on him.

However, Roseburg police refused to describe what methods officers used on McKelvey.



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