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Police: Baltimore Patient Dies After Officer Uses Stun Gun

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BALTIMORE — Police in Baltimore say they are investigating after 19-year-old hospital patient died days after a struggle with police and security officers in which a stun gun was used.

Police officials said Thursday that officers were called to Good Samaritan Hospital on May 7 when the teen became combative with hospital security. That’s when police say an officer used a stun gun.

Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez says the teen was breathing on his own when officers left and the department didn’t learn for days that he had fallen into a coma. Rodriguez says the department’s Office of Internal Oversight is investigating the case.

Police have not released the teen’s name and say he was initially taken to the hospital a day before the confrontation for treatment for emotional distress.

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