Ollie Lee Brooks, 64

Tulsa, Oklahoma
May 28, 2016

Agencies: Tulsa Police Department Oklahoma

Cause of death: Taser

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A 64-year-old man died at a hospital Saturday after officers pepper sprayed and Tased him during an arrest attempt at an east Tulsa motel.

Ollie Lee Brooks was pronounced dead at Oklahoma State University Medical Center after an ambulance transported him from the Super 8 Motel at 1011 S. Garnett Road, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Officers went to the motel at 6:19 p.m. to search the register for guests with outstanding warrants, police spokesman Leland Ashley said. They found that Brooks — who was wanted in Okmulgee County — was staying there.

Two officers went to his room, knocked on the door and, when Brooks answered, reportedly saw drug paraphernalia “in plain sight,” the affidavit states.

Police entered the room to arrest Brooks, and he “immediately resisted arrest by actively fighting officers,” according to the report.

An officer initially used oleoresin capsicum spray — pepper spray — in an attempt to get him to comply so they could put handcuffs on him, but it didn’t “have the desired effect” and Brooks continued to resist arrest, the affidavit states.

After that, the officer used a Taser on Brooks, who “continued to fight,” according to the document. Then Brooks was Tased a second time and “ceased his attempts to fight the officers,” according to the affidavit.

At some point during the altercation, Brooks got away from officers and ran down the stairs. The officers tackled him and struggled a bit before handcuffing him, Ashley said.

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