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Baltimore County officers placed on administrative leave after man suddenly dies in their custody

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Jan 22, 2020

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — A man died in police custody after officers had to use a taser due to him reportedly becoming volatile and extremely combative.

On Tuesday, at about 11:18 a.m. Baltimore County Police responded to a home located in the unit block of Gwynnswood Road for an injured person.

Officers arrived at the home and tried to provide assistance. The man’s demeanor suddenly changed and he became volatile and extremely combative with the officers. At that time, the officers deployed a Taser.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he subsequently went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead.

He has been identified as Gamel Antonio Brown, 30.

The names of the officers involved were released on Friday. Their names are below:

  • Officer First Class Miller #5098 is a 20 ½ year veteran permanently assigned to Precinct 3-Franklin
  • Officer First Class Besaw #5259 is a 13 year veteran permanently assigned to Precinct 3-Franklin
  • Officer McElfish #5904 is a 4 year veteran permanently assigned to Precinct 3-Franklin
  • Officer Cantrell #6288 is a probationary officer assigned to the field training program in Precinct 3-Franklin

All four officers are on routine administrative leave as the incident continues to be investigated.