Teen falls from roof after Taser shock by Baltimore police

Suffered serious neck, back injuries, police say

February 08, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized Tuesday with serious neck and back injuries after being struck with a Taser by a Baltimore police officer in a struggle on the roof of his North Baltimore home, officials said.

Officers from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force were serving a warrant about 11 a.m. in the 4400 block of Wrenwood Ave. on a juvenile wanted on a violation of a handgun charge when the teen jumped out of a second-floor window onto a roof.

"The suspect exchanged words with police and refused to be taken into custody," said Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman. "He lunged at the officer through the window and was Tased."

Guglielmi said the teen fell from the roof and was transported to Sinai Hospital. It was not clear whether the teen had a weapon, and Guglielmi did not identify the officer, a 15-year veteran.

Deputy Commissioner Anthony Barksdale was notified and ordered internal affairs to conduct an investigation, police said.

City officers deployed Tasers 146 times in 2010, a figure that includes accidental discharges, Guglielmi said. Not all officers are equipped with the devices.

The warrant that was being served stemmed from a violation of the teen's GPS monitoring in connection with the handgun charge. Guglielmi said the boy's mother let officers into the home to serve the warrant.

Later in the day, no one answered the door at the detached single-family home, which sits between a vacant house and a vacant lot in the Wilson Park neighborhood. A neighbor said he saw police inspecting the scene about an hour after the incident took place, but he said he did not know what had happened.

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