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Jury: Deputy not liable in less-lethal device death

Former deputy testified that suspect ignored commands to get down, show hands


BALTIMORE — A federal jury in Baltimore has found a former Frederick County sheriff's deputy not liable in a case stemming from a man's death after he was shocked twice with an electric stun gun.

The 10-member panel announced its verdict Wednesday. The jury found that although former Cpl. Rudy Torres assaulted Jarrel Gray, Torres was shielded from liability because his actions were in defense of himself or others and that he only used the amount of force reasonably necessary to protect himself.

Torres had responded to a reported fight in November 2007. He testified that he shocked Gray once after Gray ignored commands to get down and show his hands. He delivered he second jolt after Gray fell face-first and didn't respond to further commands to show his hands.

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