Raleigh, NC – The twin brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen died by electrocution while trying to climb equipment at an electrical substation after he fled from police, according to investigators.
The incident began at approximately 2 a.m. on May 8, when 25-year-old Tyrell Cohen got into a single-vehicle crash near Six Forks Road and Interstate 540, a Wake County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) spokesperson told WRAL.
According to the Raleigh Police Department (RPD), Tyrell took of running from the scene and escaped from officers.
Police continued searching the area on Sunday morning after Tyrell’s family members contacted the department to file a report because he had failed to come home, WRAL reported.
“RALEIGH/DURHAM AREA Have you seen my brother ?” Tarik Cohen said in a since-deleted tweet on Saturday, according to the New York Post. “Last seen 2 am at Heroes pub… Could be on foot in the woulds (sic)… Possibly injured !”
The WCSO received a call shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday that an employee at the Duke Power substation near Six Forks Road and Lead Mine Road had found a man’s body inside the perimeter of the substation property, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said.
BREAKING🚨: Body found today off Lead Mine Road at a @DukeEnergy substation in Wake County. Sheriffs office says the man was electrocuted trying to climb equipment. It’s believed the man was trying to get away from law enforcement. No identity yet. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/836COuJMcR
— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) May 9, 2021
Investigators identified the body as that of Tyrell Cohen, WRAL reported.
The WCSO said it is believed Tyrell Cohen was fatally electrocuted while trying to climb equipment inside the substation.
He leaves behind his girlfriend and two daughters, WRAL reported.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 10, 2021
“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen’s twin brother, Tyrell,” the Chicago Bears said in a statement on Saturday night. “Our immediate thoughts and prayers go out to Tarik, his mother, Tilwanda, and the rest of their family and loved ones. On behalf of the entire Bears family, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to all who mourn his loss.”