A North Carolina law enforcement officer died after he was attacked by a swarm of wasps on Friday.
Lt. Ray “Bull” Tomlinson, 44, of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in Wilson, North Carolina, had been moving old machinery with another person in town when a hornet flew out of the machinery and stung him on the head.
It was at this moment that wasps began to swarm his legs, according to FOX 8. In attempt to keep the insects at bay, the two men then sprayed his legs with brake cleaner.
Tomlinson soon fell ill and passed out.
The person he was with called emergency services who informed him on how to perform CPR.
Soon emergency medical technicians were on the scene, performing CPR for 10 minutes before a mild pulse came back.
Tomlinson was then taken to the Wilson Medical Center. Deputies and other officers were reportedly clearing the roadway to the medical facility.
At the hospital, doctors attempted to resuscitate him but failed. He was pronounced dead at the facility.
“Everybody did everything they could,” said fellow officer Sheriff Calvin Woodard, according to The Wilson Times. “The community was there for us.”
He continued: “Nothing affects a sheriff’s office more than losing one of your own, a brother, a father to some. Someone you laughed with yesterday.”
Tomlinson left behind his wife Christie as well as his son.
Photo Credit: Wilson Times, WTVD