AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – An investigation is underway after a 32-year-old Auburn man dies after being detained and tased by Auburn police.  

Auburn police say Sunday, November 27 at 2:48 PM dispatch received a complaint from the 700 block of Martin Luther King Drive of a person exhibiting erratic behavior. Officers responded to the area and contacted the individual, 32-year-old Ricardo Gary, a Black male from Auburn near the 600 block of Spencer Avenue.

During the initial contact, Auburn police report the individual became combative with officers and subsequently a Taser was deployed. Gary was detained and EMS responded to conduct an assessment. 

“During their evaluation, the individual lost consciousness, and first responders immediately performed life-saving measures, including the administration of Narcan. The individual was transported to the East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) Emergency Room by EMS, where life-saving measures continued. He was pronounced deceased by the attending physician at EAMC Emergency Room,” said Auburn police in a statement.

The death and incident are being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. WRBL reached out to ALEA for a comment. We also asked Lee County’s District Attorney if police body cam video captured the incident, and if so, will the video be released to the public?

“Yesterday afternoon, I was informed by Auburn Police Chief Cedric Anderson of the death of Mr. Gary.  Per Auburn Police Department policy, Chief Anderson requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) investigate the circumstances regarding Mr. Gary’s death.  The Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit prosecutors from making additional public comment, and restricts the release of evidence during pending investigations.  The District Attorney’s Office is awaiting the results of ALEA’s investigation before taking further action, “ said Jessica L. Ventiere, Lee County District Attorney.

Lee County Coroner Daniel Sexton tells WRBL a post Mortem examination and toxicology will be performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery. 

WRBL will keep you updated.