Man dies in Montgomery County after being subdued with Taser

A Silver Spring man died while in the custody of Montgomery County police Tuesday after he was subdued with a Taser, according to the department.

Delric T. East, 40, of the 14300 block of Bel Pre Drive, became combative as rescue teams were attempting to remove him from a car wreck on Route 29 near Briggs Chaney Road around 10:20 p.m., police said.

The car had run into a barrier separating the roadway’s north- and southbound lanes.

The rescue team requested police assistance, acccording to police. The officers attempted to remove the man from the car, but he continued to resist and they used a Taser on him, police said.

The man was transported to the hospital, where he died around 11:40 p.m., according to police.

A vial of suspected liquid PCP was found in the car, police said, and a passenger in the told police East had taken PCP before the collision.

The circumstances of the man’s death are still under investitgation, according to police. The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The four officers — Officer David Courtemanche, Officer Michael Putman, Officer Eric Hammelton and Sgt. Jeffrey Divers — have been placed on administrative leave, police said.

This item has been updated.


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