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James Laboard ID’d As Baltimore Co. Cop In Fatal Struggle With 17-Year-Old Christopher Brown

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TOWSON, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The family of a Baltimore County teen killed in a struggle with an off-duty officer has hired an attorney.

Attorney Russell Neverdon Sr. said Friday that he hopes investigators move as quickly in the case of 17-year-old Christopher Brown as they would in any other homicide.

Meanwhile, Baltimore County police identified the officer Friday as Officer Laboard. The department does not release officers’ first names, but tax records list a James Laboard as the owner of a home on the street where the incident began.

Police say the officer chased several people and struggled with Brown after he found his door damaged Wednesday. The chase lasted for several blocks. He spotted and pulled Brown from from the bushes and the teen lost consciousness.

He called for help when the teen became unresponsive, but Brown later died. His death was ruled homicide by asphyxiation.

Laboard has not been charged.

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