A suspect in Alabama died after he was arrested and pepper sprayed, police said, the latest in a string of African-American deaths at the hands of police.
A resident in Tuscaloosa called police Friday about a man who appeared to be armed and was sitting on a neighbor’s front porch.
The man, whom CNN identified as Anthony Dewayne Ware, 35, tried to resist arrest, according to a Tuscaloosa police statement Saturday.
“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,” the statement said.
At that point, police said they used oleoresin capsicum — more commonly known as pepper spray — and handcuffed him.
“While walking out of the woods the suspect collapsed. Officers evaluated his condition and began CPR and called for medical personnel to respond on an emergency status,” police said.
Ware was taken to hospital, where he died late Friday.