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Waynesboro Man Dies After Choking on Bag of 'White Powder' During Drug Task Force Raid

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Virginia State Police Press Release:

An investigation is underway into the death of a Waynesboro man that occurred July 6, 2018.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, the Skyline Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the City of Waynesboro Police Department’s SWAT Team, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of North Augusta Avenue.

Once the officers made an announced entry into the residence, they encountered a male subject forcing a bag filled with a white, powdery substance into his mouth. The officers immediately went to the man's aid, but he refused their repeated attempts to assist him with removing the bag lodged in his throat.

After the man lost consciousness, a Waynesboro Police detective began administering CPR and was able to regain a pulse until EMS arrived on scene. Despite the officers’ numerous rescue attempts and EMS response, the male subject was declared deceased upon his arrival at Augusta Health.

The male subject was later identified as William Tucker, 52, of Waynesboro, Va. At this preliminary stage of the investigation, the white, powdery substance appears to have been cocaine. The exact amount ingested by Tucker is still being determined.

An adult female and two children were safely removed from the residence.

The search warrant was related to an ongoing illegal drug investigation being conducted by the task force. The Skyline Drug Task Force is composed of investigators from the Waynesboro Police Department, Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff's Department, Nelson County Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office.