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Man dies in police custody in Hagerstown, stun gun used during arrest

Hagerstown police say a man died in custody.

HAGERSTOWN (AP) — A man died in Hagerstown police custody early Friday after officers used a stun gun as they arrested him during a break-in call, department officials said.

One call reporting a disturbance with screaming in the background came into the 911 center around 10:30 p.m. Thursday and a second caller reported that a man broke into her house, police said.

Two responding officers found a man in front of the home "in an aggressive stance" and he "appeared to be highly agitated," police said in a news release. Two more officers and a supervisor arrived a short time later. Since officers believed the man was under the influence of drugs, police said they requested an ambulance.

While they waited for the ambulance, police said the man didn't comply with officers and remained aggressive. During the arrest, police said a stun gun was used and the man was placed in handcuffs.

The man was conscious and uncooperative when he was placed in an ambulance, police said, but "at some point" he suffered an unknown medical emergency. The man was pronounced dead after midnight at Meritus Medical Center, police said.

The man's identity hasn't been confirmed, police said.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner's will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of the man's death, said spokeswoman Officer Heather Aleshire. She said she was not aware of any video of the incident.

The department has asked the Washington County Sheriff's Department to conduct the death investigation.

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