Man dead after being pepper sprayed by officer in Augusta, State Police asked to investigate

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AUGUSTA, Ark.- A man is dead after being pepper sprayed Thursday morning.

Authorities in Augusta have asked Arkansas State Police to investigate the death of Quinton Laird, 38, who died Thursday morning at a Searcy hospital. 

According to a statement from Arkansas State Police, Augusta police officers were called to 601 Hough Street sometime after 3 a.m. when a resident inside the house reported a prowler outside the location and accused Laird later of kicking a door open and going to bed.

According to the release, Laird was removed from the house by police he reportedly began to resist as he was being handcuffed, leading to an officer to apply a chemical agent (pepper spray) to Laird who eventually became unresponsive.

Officers began life-saving measures and called for an ambulance to transport Laird to Searcy where a physician pronounced Laird dead at 4:47 a.m.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory has been requested to determine manner and cause of death.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to the case and will present their findings to the Woodruff County Prosecuting Attorney.

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