Pepper sprayed and Tasered man dies in police custody in front of NE county courthouse


Betsy Swanback
NR Today
June 25, 2013

A 56-year-old Roseburg man hit with pepper spray and shocked with a Taser died in police custody Saturday in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, the sheriff’s office said today.

He was the second man to die in recent months in custody in Douglas County. Walter Ray McKelvey, 26, died in the custody of sheriff’s deputies March 3 in Canyonville.

The sheriff’s office said today it was withholding the name of the man who died Saturday until next of kin can be notified.

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