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January 03, 2007

THE ISSUE :

A disturbed 24-year-old Pasadena man died after a struggle with Anne Arundel police Dec. 27. It was the second time last year that someone with a mental illness died during a confrontation with county officers.

Steven Ray Ellison was allegedly delusional and assaulted four people before an officer arrived. Six officers were needed to subdue him, police said. Ellison then stopped breathing. Homicide detectives and the state's attorney's office are investigating. The autopsy report has not been released, but county police said that they found no signs of trauma on Ellison's body.

Lt. David Waltemeyer, a county police spokesman, said the officers' top concern was ensuring the safety of everyone at the scene. He added that police were not aware of Ellison's history of mental illness and that one of its mental health crisis teams would not have been called in, regardless, because Ellison was violent.

YOUR VIEW:

What do you think of the officers handling of the situation? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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