Man dies after being tasered; officers on administrative leave

A man has died after police officers used a taser to subdue him in the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak on Sunday. Two Montgomery County police officers are now on administrative leave while detectives investigate what caused the man to die early this morning.

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Residents of the Vistas Apartments in White Oak are baffled as to why 65-year-old Kareem Ali, a man described as extremely friendly, was even involved in a scuffle with police.

"I thought he was resisting arrest but I saw the taser gun was on the ground but they were, I guess, trying to handcuff him," said one neighbor, who didn't want to be identified. 

According to police, a resident called 911 and reported that Ali was hanging out in a stairwell of this apartment building, two blocks from his own home. The caller said he was acting suspiciously and "appeared to be on drugs or something."

Neighbor Terry Williams said, "They was, you know, trying to pump his heart and everything, trying to get it to come back up."

Police say the older gentleman physically resisted two officers who were trying to escort him out of the building. Eventually, Ali was peppered sprayed and tased. Shortly after, he stopped breathing and was unconscious. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Maria Tobar says she saw Ali, her next door neighbor, Sunday morning and he was acting very weird and definitely wasn't himself.

Tobar told us, "He told me he was fine but seemed very strange and nervous .... I noticed something was wrong because he's always so cheerful."

Terry Williams hopes the use of the taser wasn't excessive. "Like I said, I don't know what was going on with him," said Williams.

The cause of Ali's death is still unknown. Police want to know about his medical history.

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