Marlon Lewis, 37

Badin, North Carolina
December 15, 2016

Agencies: State Bureau of Investigations SBI North Carolina | Stanly County sheriff’s Office North Carolina | Badin Police Department North Carolina

Cause of death: Taser

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A man died after fighting a Badin police officer and two deputies early Thursday morning. 

Marlon Bryan Lewis, 39, died after he fought officers when they responded to a call for help at the corner of Mayo and Dewey streets, according to Badin Police Chief Bryan Lambert. 

Badin officer Brad Lowder, 48, responded to a 911 call around 3 a.m. from who was believed to be Lewis asking for help because “someone was after him,” Lambert said. 

Lowder spotted Lewis in the street. Once Lowder arrived on the scene Lewis charged Lowder, Lambert said. 

“The decedent attacked him and a fight ensued,” Lambert added. 

Lowder managed to call for backup with two Stanly County sheriff’s deputies responding shortly thereafter. As the struggle continued deputies used Tasers in an attempt to subdue a combative Lewis, Lambert said. 

“The Taser was ineffective,” he added. “Thay handcuffed him the old fashioned way and wrestled him down.”

Cpl. Tim Hill was the first deputy to arrive on the scene. Deputy Andrew Furr followed soon thereafter, according to a press release by Sheriff George T. Burris.

Burris also confirmed that the Tasers were not effective as Lewis continued to resist officers. 

Officers noticed Lewis was experiencing medical distress and called paramedics, Lambert added. 

After Lewis was subdued, he became unconscious. Deputies then attempted to resuscitate the victim, Burris said.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, Lewis was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is pending to determine an official cause of death.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the ongoing probe. Part of the SBI investigation will include the review of the body camera that the Badin officer was wearing at the time, Lambert said.

A request by the SNAP to obtain a transcript of the 911 call was not successful with Karen McDaniel, director of Stanly County communications, reporting that a court order temporarily prohibits its release. 

 Lowder, a Badin officer for nine years, has 24 years law enforcement experience, Lambert said.

He has been placed on administrative leave, pending the SBI probe.

Hill has been a deputy since 1996. Furr joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2012. Both are administrative leave, pending the investigation.