Man injured after police altercation
A 65-year-old Silver Spring man remains hospitalized in critical condition today after a Sunday night clash with Montgomery County police, officials said Wednesday.
Officers used an electronic-stun device and pepper spray to subdue the man. At one point, responding medics treated him and left, only to be called back after officers noticed he had slipped into unconsciousness, according to police accounts.
It isn't clear if the police caused his medical issues or if they existed before the police arrived.
A police spokesman said that based on initial reports, the use of stun and spray appeared to be appropriate, but the department is investigating.
The incident began about 7:33 p.m. Sunday, when police received a call for a suspicious situation in the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in the White Oak area. The caller said a man appeared to be on drugs or had “something wrong with him,” according to police.
The first officer arriving encountered Karreem A. Ali, who matched a description given by the caller. She found him in a stairwell of an apartment building.
Ali didn’t respond to the officer’s questions, police said. She tried to escort him out of the stairwell. “Ali physically resisted the officer’s attempts and a struggle began,” police said in a statement.
A building occupant saw the struggle and called 911 to report that an officer needed help, police said. A second officer arrived.
Ali continued to resist, police said. The officers used a “contact-tase” device and the pepper spray, police said. “Ali continued to struggle but was ultimately handcuffed,” police said.
Officers called medics from the county’s Fire and Rescue Service. They treated him and left, police said. While placing Ali in a transport van, police said, officers noticed he was not responsive and initiated CPR. Medics were called again, and he was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, police said.
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