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Authorities investigate after suspect stunned by police dies

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a suspect, who police say was intoxicated, died at a hospital after being stunned by officers during his arrest.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown tells local news outlets that 26-year-old Benston Calvin Clinkscales died early Sunday at AnMed Health after being arrested.

Anderson Police Lt. David Creamer says officers responded to a domestic disturbance Saturday evening.

When officers arrived, Clinkscales had fallen through a glass window and was bleeding from several cuts to his arm. McCown says Clinkscales was “extremely intoxicated,” belligerent and scuffled with officers before they used a stun gun.

Clinkscales died shortly before 1 a.m.

McCown says SLED is investigating because officers were involved. SLED spokesman Thom Berry says Clinkscales was black and both the officers are white.

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