MSP probes death of Greensboro teen
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.