Teen Patient Dies After Being Tased by Police

May 7 incident at Good Samaritan Hospital is currently being investigated.

BALTIMORE—Last week a 19-year-old Good Samaritan Hospital patient went into a coma after being tased by a police officer’s Taser.

The patient, who has only been identified as a ward of the state, died the next day.

The teen was taken to the hospital May 6, and two Baltimore Police officers were summoned the following afternoon after the patient became combative, reports the Baltimore Sun. After they saw the teen struggling with five security officers, one of the police officers struck him with a Taser.

Prior to the incident, the patient had been medicated, although the quantity of medication is not clear.

The incident is under investigation.

It’s not clear why the patient was admitted to the hospital, report WBAL.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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