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Tulsa police investigate officers’ role in death of suspect

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Man dies after Tulsa police use Taser, pepper spray

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa police are investigating the death of a 64-year-old man who became ill after fighting with officers who used pepper spray and a stun gun on him.

Officer Jeanne MacKenzie said Friday that Ollie Lee Brooks died at a hospital after being chased down a flight of stairs, then tackled and handcuffed.

MacKenzie said officers executing a warrant Saturday discovered crack cocaine and a pipe in Brooks’ motel room.

MacKenzie says the two officers involved returned to duty Thursday after the department found they used a proper amount of force.

She said a preliminary report from the state medical examine suggested Brooks had an enlarged heart, which with over-exertion may have contributed to his death.

A spokeswoman for the examiner’s office said Friday that a final report is pending.