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Teen Hospital Patient Dies After Police Use Stun Gun

The 19-year-old lapsed into a coma and later died after police used a Taser on him in a Baltimore hospital.

Baltimore police are investigating the death of a teen after being hit with a police stun gun. Photo Credit: File|Patch
Baltimore police are investigating the death of a teen after being hit with a police stun gun. Photo Credit: File|Patch
A 19-year-old patient at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore died days after a struggle with the Baltimore police and security officers at the hospital, WTOP reported.

Police officers were called on May 7 when the teen was experiencing an emotional crisis and was combative with staff, police spokesman Lt. Eric Kowalczyk told The Baltimore Sun.

One of the officers used a Taser to shock the teen. He had originally been admitted to the hospital the day before for treatment of emotional distress.

Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said the teen was breathing on his own when officers left and the department did not learn for several days that the patient had fallen into a coma, WTOP reported.

The teen died on May 14 and police found out about it later in the day, according to The Sun.

The case is under investigation by the police department’s Office of Internal Oversight.

“The exact method of deployment and the number of times that the Taser was used are being investigated right now,” Kowalczyk told The Sun.

According to Kowalczyk, the teen had received an “unknown” amount of medication prior to the officers’ arrival. The officers involved have not been identified to the public and will be interviewed last during the investigation.

The teen’s name has not been released to the public.

erie May 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Hands down that boy mom and dad is gonna bankrupt B-More for real. I blame every mother hubbert that was there in on the action.This child was already in the hospital seeking help and end up getting killed by the people helping him. OUCHIE got dam it.
erie May 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM
In pecking order. If its a white teen give his mom and dad 60 million. If hes a black teen give them 30 million bucks and if hes a mex or any other race 15 million and some change. smiling
Michele May 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Do you mean to tell me that security and the police together couldn't wrestle this poor kid to the ground without using a taser??!!
erie May 19, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Seems like the teen would make a far better police.Well he had to be 10xs stronger if they had to kill him. Wow thats just why I be scare to go to the VA hosp. Go seeking help and end up getting killed.
Steve D May 30, 2014 at 07:45 AM
What did Police do to disobedient children before teasers were invented?

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