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Man, 22, dies after police use TASER to prevent escape

PRATTVILLE (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an Autauga County man who died hours after police used a stun gun to try to subdue him.

Eugene Donjuall Gilliam, 22, died at Prattville Baptist Hospital early Tuesday morning about seven hours after he was shocked when he became combative during a traffic stop, Prattville Police Chief Alfred Wadsworth said.

The officer who pulled the 6-foot, 290-pound Gilliam over called for backup, Wadsworth said.

"When drugs were discovered, Gilliam attempted to escape on foot and resist arrest," Wadsworth said. "A TASER was used to subdue him."

Wadsworth would not release the names of the officers involved.

"I can't see where they did anything wrong," he said.

He said several bags containing what was believed to be marijuana and cocaine were found on Gilliam.

Gilliam then began having medical problems and was taken to the hospital.

An autopsy has been ordered, and results of an Alabama Bureau of Investigation inquiry will be turned over to the district attorney's office.

Gilliam was on parole after pleading guilty in Autauga County Circuit Court in 2006 to theft of property and receiving stolen property, courthouse records show.

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