The East Baton Rouge coroner ruled Thursday as accidental a 32-year-old man’s death, which the coroner said was caused by taking multiple drugs at once and not by the stun guns police used to subdue him.
Kevin Bajoie, of Zachary, was involved in a fight on Avenue C in Scotlandville, where responding officers used stun guns to subdue him, Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said the day after Bajoie was arrested.
“As the first responding officer approached Bajoie, he unexpectedly jumped up and attempted to attack the officer…,” Coppola said in a news release. Observing the incident, two other responding officers “invoked less than lethal force by using their Tasers.”
Bajoie died later that day at Lane Regional Medical Center.
The two officers who fired the stun guns were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Coppola said.
Dr. William “Beau” Clark ruled that Bajoie’s death was an accident due to drug intoxication after he digested methamphetamine, amphetamine and synthetic marijuana, the coroner said in a news release.