The autopsy of a Statesville man who died in July after being shocked with Tasers at the Iredell County Detention Center shows he died of a condition known as excited delirium.
Anthony Dewayne Davidson, 29, died July 27 after being arrested the day before on a shoplifting charge. Urine samples taken before he died revealed traces of cocaine in his system, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Statesville Record & Landmark.
Deborah Radisch of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh told the paper that excited delirium “causes the sudden cardiorespiratory collapse and arrest following an agitated state necessitating the use of restraints, and is generally seen in the context of the use of a stimulant such as cocaine.”
Davidson's postmortem toxicology results show no traces of alcohol or narcotic drugs. But a urine sample, taken at the hospital at 6:01 p.m. on July 26, showed the presence of cocaine, Radisch reported.
Officers from the Statesville Police Department and staff from the jail deployed Tasers after they said Davidson became uncooperative and aggressive and tried to run.
Davidson was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital after a jail nurse said he needed to be medically cleared because of his behavior, said Interim Police Chief Tom Anderson. Davidson died about 30 hours later.
The State Bureau of Investigation, which is conducting an inquiry into the death, has not completed its final report.