RALEIGH — Police say a man died after he became physically aggressive with officers early Wednesday and they used a Taser device to subdue him.
Police identified the man as Thomas Jeffery Sadler, 45.
They say officers responded to a call about a naked man shouting obscenities near the intersection of Wiggs and Mial streets in the Five Points neighborhood about 3:45 a.m.
After officers used the Taser, Sadler collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police have not released information about how officers used the Taser, a type of stun gun. The Raleigh Police Department has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into Sadlers death.
A man who called police said Sadler lived in a rental house on Mial Street and that he was walking around the Emmanuel Baptist Church parking lot yelling, according to a recording of the 911 call released Wednesday afternoon.
Sue Stevick also called 911. Stevick, who lives two doors down from Sadler, was awakened by a womans piercing scream and looked out to see Sadler, whom she described as a big fella who stood about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed about 300 pounds.
He was dropping the F bomb a lot and he kept saying, I told her. I told her, Stevick said Wednesday. He was flailing around in the parking lot, cursing and buck-naked with nothing on.
Stevick said Sadler had moved into the neighborhood with the woman and a teenage boy about two years ago.
Although Stevick and Sadler were never formally introduced, the two would wave to one another when she saw him jogging through the neighborhood.
I would see them when I was out walking my dog, Stevick said. They seemed to keep to themselves.
Sadler, a native of Powhatan, Va., was on probation after he was convicted in 2010 of a felony probation violation. He had been convicted of felony speeding to elude arrest in 2007 in Gaston County and was also convicted that year in Powhatan, Va., of felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction, according to state records.
Sadlers family could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Stevick did not witness the confrontation with police and still wasnt sure what had happened to Sadler until she hopped into her pickup truck Wednesday morning to head downtown where she volunteers at a church. As she drove away, she looked in the rear-view mirror and saw her neighbor lying in the middle of the street, covered by a white sheet.