A Baltimore County grand jury Wednesday indicted an off-duty Baltimore County Police officer on two counts of manslaughter in the June 13 .
James David Laboard is charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown, according to a press release from Scott Shellenberger, the state’s attorney for Baltimore County.
Both charges are felonies and carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years. Laboard will be arraigned within 30 to 60 days, at which time a trial date will be set, the release said.
Christopher Brown, 17, died on Wednesday, June 13, after fighting with an off-duty cop, a nine-year veteran assigned to the Wilkens Precinct, who chased him through a Randallstown neighborhood after he heard a loud bang on his front door. An autopsy found the cause of death to be asphyxiation, police said.
Baltimore County Police Department Chief Jim Johnson said Wednesday was a difficult and tragic day for the department.
“The evidence shows that at a moment during this altercation, Office Laboard stepped beyond the scope of his employment,” Johnson said in the release from the state’s attorney’s office.