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Police still waiting on cause of death in Taser case

April 20, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is waiting for doctors with The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to rule on the cause of death for Theodore Rosenberry, a man who died March 24 after a struggle with deputies, Lt. Mark Knight said Wednesday.

Rosenberry, 35, was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital about 90 minutes after he struggled on U.S. 40 with two deputies who approached him because he matched the description of an alleged burglar, Knight has said. A Taser was used to subdue Rosenberry, but whether its use contributed to his death or whether it was used improperly is under investigation, Knight said.

Knight said Rosenberry was at the scene of a reported burglary in progress at Blaine Window and Hardware, 12421 McDade Road, about 100 yards from where Rosenberry was seen walking. Deputies found no forced entry at the business and nothing missing, Knight said.

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Knight said Wednesday that state medical examiners plan to meet Friday with the deputies involved in the struggle as part of their investigation into Rosenberry's cause of death.

Knight said he hopes to have an official ruling on Rosenberry's cause of death next week, but said he is not sure when that ruling will be made.

The deputies involved in the struggle were placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Knight will not release the names of the deputies involved, but he said the deputy who used the Taser is a 19-year department veteran and the other deputy is a four-year veteran.

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