4 officers on leave after NC man dies after being pepper-sprayed by police

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Four Winston-Salem police officers are on administrative leave after a man died in police custody after being subdued with pepper spray.

A struggle between a man and officers started after officials were called to the 4400 block of Rural Hall Road on reports of a discharged firearm around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

When officers arrived, they located the person matching the description, later identified as Travis Nevelle Page.

Page entered into a brief struggle with police and was pepper-sprayed.

Once officers got control of Page and placed him in handcuffs, he became unresponsive, police said.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and took Page to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A weapon was also recovered.

Officers Robert Fenimore, Christopher Doub, Austin Conrad and Jacob Tuttle were involved, police said.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident. Placing the officers on administrative leave is standard procedure in such cases.