WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Four officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department are on administrative duty after a man died shortly after being arrested.
According to police, officers responded to a discharging firearm call around 7:30 Wednesday night at the Family Dollar on Old Rural Hall Road.
When they arrived on scene, officers reportedly located a subject matching the description provided by the person reporting the incident.
Police said while they attempted to detain the subject, Travis Nevelle Page, a brief struggle occurred and one of the officers used department issued oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray).
After officers gained control of Page and placed him in handcuffs, police said he became unresponsive. Police said officers began life saving efforts and requested emergency medical services. That's when personnel with Forsyth County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported Page to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
According to police, a handgun was located on Page prior to him being transported to the hospital.
Corporal Robert Fenimore, Officer Christopher Doub, Officer Austin Conrad and Officer Jacob Tuttle are all now on Administrative Duty while the investigation continues, which is standard procedure.
WFMY News 2's Meghann Mollerus was the first reporter to obtain then-exclusive witness video from a woman who lives in the area.
Tamkea McLean lives less than half a mile from the Family Dollar where the situation started. She said police were already at her house on Old Walkertown Northeast around 7 p.m. filing a runaway report, after her 14-year-old son didn't come home from school. Her sister, Deena Brown, was at the house, too.
Brown said while officers were taking the runaway report, they got a call and ran outside.
Brown said, "That's when I turned and looked and saw a tall man, about 6'2" to 6'4," walking up toward my sister's property. The officer turned on his flashlight and said, Sir, can we help you? That's when the officer said, Ma'am, go back in the house... We came back in, and my sister (McLean) was still looking out the window, and that's when they said, Ma'am, I think we found your son."
After realizing he wasn't her son, McLean thought the man might be a homeless man who wanders the area. She said she started recording video on her cell phone. The video appears to show the point at which police have Page on the ground.
Brown said, "Then one of the officer started running up here to the house to get something out of the car. Sounded like they said, Do you have an inhaler? Do you have an inhaler? At that point, we saw the man wasn't moving at all. He was just still. Then one of the officers said, We got it (the inhaler), we got it, and the other officer ran back down to where the incident was taking place, and they started CPR."
The medical examiner has not yet released Page's cause of death. WFMY News 2 wants to make clear the witness, not police, released the cell phone video. WFMY News 2 will formally request any body camera or dash camera footage that is available.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is now handling the investigation.
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