Family identifies man who died after taser strike

Sarah Fortney and Comfort Dorn
The Frederick News-Post Online
Monday November 19, 2007

A 20-year-old man died this morning after a sheriff's deputy used a taser on him to break up a fight, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office reports.
The man was identified as Jarrel Gray of Ladd Circle by his mother, Tanya Thomas, who spoke to a News-Post reporter.

A fight was reported in the 7000 block of Gresham Court East, near Crestwood Boulevard in Frederick, about 4:54 a.m., according to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey of the sheriff's office.

The first deputy on the scene found four people fighting outside and deployed a taser, striking Gray, Bailey said. He fell on the ground unconscious and was given first aid on the scene, then taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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The Frederick Police Department is assisting the Sheriff's Office with the investigation, Bailey said.

The deputy, whose name was not released, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

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