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Montgomery Co. police ID man who died after Taser incident

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Montgomery County police on Wednesday identified a Silver Spring man who died in police custody after officers used a Taser to subdue him.

Delric Tyrone East, 40, of the 14300 block of Bel Pre Drive died at Suburban Hospital at 11:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Officer Amy Daum said.

The man died about an hour after resisting county police and emergency crews, who were attempting to pull him from a 1993 two-door Cadillac he drove into a barrier between the north and southbound lanes of Route 29 just north of Briggs Chaney Road.

Mr. East "became agitated and began to fight with rescue personnel," Officer Daum said. A Taser was used to subdue the man so rescue workers could remove him from the vehicle.

Montgomery County's policy is to transport a person to a hospital in many cases in which a Taser is used, Officer Daum said. But Mr. East was taken to an emergency room due to his injuries from the car crash.

Albre Nicole Bell, 38, was a passenger in the Cadillac and told police that Mr. East had taken PCP before the crash.

Officers found what they believe to be a small vial of the drug in the car, Officer Daum said. The cause of Mr. East's death will be determined by an autopsy.

The four officers involved in the incident were placed on routine administrative leave. They have been identified as Officer David Courtemanche, a six-year veteran, Officer Michael Putman, a nine-year veteran, Officer Eric Hammelton, an eight-year veteran, and Sgt. Jeffrey Divers, a 19-year veteran.

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