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Frederick Co. deputy defends stun gun use in death case

A former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy has testified in a wrongful death case that he used a stun gun on a prone and unresponsive man because he believed he posed a credible threat.

The Frederick News-Post reports that former Cpl. Rudy Torres testified Wednesday, the second day of the civil trial in federal court in Baltimore.

The parents of 20-year-old Jarrel Gray allege Torres used excessive force to subdue their son after responding to a reported fight near Frederick in November 2007.

Torres was called as a plaintiffs’ witness. He testified he initially shocked Gray because he refused to show his hands and lie down on the ground. Torres says he shocked him again after Gray dropped to the ground, face down, with his hands beneath his body.