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Autopsy: man hit with stun gun died from drug delirium

HAGERSTOWN — An autopsy report says a man who was shocked twice by a police stun gun died from drug-induced “excited delirium in the setting of police restraint.”

The findings contributed to a prosecutor’s decision Thursday not to charge any of the five Hagerstown police officers involved in the April incident that ended in the death of 31-year-old Darrell Brown of Upper Marlboro.

The medical examiner couldn’t determine whether Brown’s death was a homicide. Washington County State’s Attorney Charles Strong says the evidence points to Brown’s use of drugs known as “bath salts” as the main factor in his death.

Investigators say Brown became combative with police investigating a home break-in.

Brown was black, and all the officers involved are white. Race has not been raised as a factor in his death, but the incident comes amid a national debate about the treatment of black people at the hands of white officers.