Man dies when Maryland officers respond to call for help

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has died after an encounter with police officers that involved a stun gun, police told multiple media outlets.

Four Baltimore County officers were placed on paid leave Wednesday in connection with the death of Gamel Antonio Brown of Owings Mills.

Brown, 30, was pronounced dead at a local hospital where he had gone into cardiac arrest after officers used a Taser while responding to a call Tuesday, police said previously. Tasers, the only brand of stun guns used by law enforcement officers in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Three of the four officers are all multiyear veterans working in the Franklin Precinct while the fourth officer is a probationary officer assigned to the precinct's field training program.

Police said officers were dispatched to a home for an injured person. When they encountered Brown at the home, his demeanor changed and he became volatile and combative.

Officer Jennifer Peach, a police department spokeswoman, said the department was not yet releasing any more information about Brown’s death, including who called 911 and whether a Taser was used against Brown. His race was not disclosed.

In previous years, Baltimore County police ranked second among Maryland agencies with the highest number of Taser uses. According to a 2016 investigation by the Baltimore Sun, the department reported 367 Taser discharges between 2012-2014.

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