Posted Nov. 20, 2007 – The family members of a 20-year-old African-American man from Maryland, who died after police zapped him with a Taser gun Sunday during a fight, say they want more answers about the circumstances leading to his death.
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"I haven't heard anything except that he's gone," Troy Thomas told WJLA-TV. Thomas, who described himself as the uncle of Jarrel Gray, told the station, "I lost my best friend."
Cassandra Rollings, a friend of the family, said that Gray was a "very good kid."
Police arrived at the Frederick, Md., apartment complex at about 5 a.m., after getting a call about a fight. When deputies arrived on the scene, they saw four men locked in battle, according to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Witnesses say that fight started after a yelling match.
A deputy shot Gray with the Taser, and the young man fell unconscious, Bailey said. Gray was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, about 50 miles from Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead.
The Sheriff’s Department did not release the name of the deputy, who has been suspended with pay, as is customary following a killing by a law enforcement officer. Gray’s death marks the 150th by a high-voltage stun gun since 2001, according the human rights group Amnesty International, which has asked law enforcement agencies to cease using the devises until more study has been done on them.
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