17-year old tasered to death by cops


Candice Nelson
WSLS 10
January 10, 2009

State Police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old after Martinsville Police used a stun device on a teenager Thursday night.

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It happened at 307 Rives Road. When 10 On Your side came to the apartment on Friday afternoon, the door was already open, but nobody was inside.

What appears empty now, was swarming with police and investigators Thursday night.

Justin Gregory, 15, says his friend, 17-year-old Derick, died after a Martinsville officer used a taser on him. Gregory told us Derick and Derick’s mother had only lived in the home for about a week; however, the boys were alone on Thursday night. Although friends say the victim’s name was Derick, police have not released the victim’s name; therefore, Ten On Your Side has decided not to release the victim’s full name, yet.

Police say they were called there for a disorderly conduct after callers say someone was “using the bathroom” in the road.

Gregory tells us Derick, “was out in the middle of the road acting stupid.”

When the boys went inside, Gregory said only a few minutes went by before police arrived. Police say it was Officer R.L. Wray who responded. When he arrived, he noticed the front door had been forced open and requested assistance. Police say Wray heard loud banging noises coming from the kitchen, which according to Gregory is in the back of the home.

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