MSP probes death of Greens­boro teen

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GREENS­BORO — Mary­land State Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a Greens­boro man that oc­curred after flee­ing po­lice and his sub­se­quent ar­rest for at­tempt­ing a child ab­duc­tion.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as An­tone G. Black, 19, of the 13,000 block of Greens­boro Road. Black was trans­ported to Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal at where he was pro­nounced de­ceased, after po­lice ad­min­is­tered Nar­can and per­formed CPR on scene. The Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Bal­ti­more lists the cause and man­ner of death as “pend­ing” as tox­i­col­ogy re­sults and ad­di­tional or­gan test­ing needs to be com­pleted.

The child in­volved is a 12-year-old boy who is not be­ing iden­ti­fied. He was re­united with his par­ents in Greens­boro after the in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Satur­day night, Sept. 15, an of­fi­cer from the Greens­boro Po­lice De­part­ment was dis­patched to Sun­set Av­enue in the area of the Chop­tank River Bridge for the re­port of an adult male, later iden­ti­fied as Black, drag­ging a child down the street. The of­fi­cer was as­sisted by an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer from the Ridgely Po­lice De­part­ment, who was in the area at the time. When the of­fi­cers ar­rived they saw Black forcibly re­strain­ing the boy, po­lice said.

The Greens­boro Po­lice of­fi­cer told Black to re­lease the boy. As Black let go of the child, the of­fi­cer asked if they were re­lated. The boy yelled that they were not re­lated, and Black told the po­lice of­fi­cer that they were brothers, po­lice said. The of­fi­cer in­structed Black to place his hands be­hind his back.

Black told the po­lice of­fi­cer that he loved him and then im­me­di­ately fled the scene, po­lice said. The of­fi­cer pur­sued Black on foot, along with two other po­lice of­fi­cers who had ar­rived to as­sist. The foot pur­suit ended at Black’s home in a trailer park in the 13,000 block of Greens­boro Drive in Greens­boro. Black jumped into the driver’s seat of his ve­hi­cle, parked next to the trailer, po­lice said.

When Black at­tempted to exit the pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle, the of­fi­cer de­ployed his de­part­ment is­sued taser, strik­ing Black, who con­tin­ued to flee, po­lice said. Black was met by two other of­fi­cers and a civil­ian who at­tempted to stop him.

Dur­ing the strug­gle, Black con­tin­ued to re­sist, bit­ing two of the po­lice of­fi­cers and the civil­ian who was pro­vid­ing help; Black also struck one of the of­fi­cers in the face, po­lice said.

Black’s par­ents were stand­ing at the door­way of the trailer and were heard telling Black to stop strug­gling and com­ply with the of­fi­cers. After sev­eral min­utes of at­tempt­ing to calm him down, Black was even­tu­ally placed in hand­cuffs and an­kle re­straints with­out the use of any open or closed hand strikes, or po­lice equip­ment such as tasers, ba­tons, pep­per spray or flash­lights, po­lice said.

Mo­ments later, of­fi­cers rec­og­nized Black was show­ing signs of med­i­cal dis­tress, po­lice said. They called for an am­bu­lance and ren­dered med­i­cal as­sis­tance on scene by ad­min­is­ter­ing Nar­can and per­form­ing CPR. He was taken by am­bu­lance to Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal where he was later pro­nounced dead.

His body was taken to the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Bal­ti­more for an au­topsy. The au­topsy did not re­veal a cause of death, and no sig­nif­i­cant in­juries were noted by the pathol­o­gist. Tox­i­col­ogy re­sults are also pend­ing, along with the re­sults of ad­di­tional test­ing of vi­tal or­gans.

A Mary­land State Po­lice spokesper­son said Mon­day, Sept. 17, the tox­i­col­ogy re­port could take four to six weeks to com­plete.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­ducted by the Mary­land State Po­lice Homi­cide Unit. State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors are con­tin­u­ing to re­view body cam­era footage and con­duct­ing in­ter­views with wit­nesses.

Troop­ers from the Eas­ton Bar­racks and the Mary­land State Homi­cide Unit and crime scene tech­ni­cians re­sponded to the scene. The Caro­line County State’s At­tor­ney also re­sponded, along with of­fi­cers from the Greens­boro Po­lice De­part­ment, Ridgely Po­lice De­part­ment, and deputies from the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Upon com­ple­tion, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Mary­land State Po­lice Homi­cide Unit will be for­warded to the Caro­line County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for re­view. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ac­tive and on­go­ing. State po­lice did not re­lease the names of the of­fi­cers.

Black was a mem­ber of the North Caro­line High School Class of 2016. A star ath­lete, he played wide re­ceiver for the foot­ball team and ran track and field.

AN­TONE BLACK JR.

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