Anthony Howard dies after being shocked by stun gun

A 51-year-old Gaithersburg man was killed Friday evening after being shocked with a stun gun after defying repeated orders from police officers, police say.

First responders quickly tended to and performed CPR on Anthony Howard after he was shocked in the 8800 block of Cross Country Place in Gaithersburg Monday evening. However, he was pronounced dead a short time later after being taken to Shady Grove Hospital.

The incident began at about 6:10 p.m. Friday, when officers found Howard standing in the bed of a parked pickup truck yelling, shouting profanities and throwing rocks. He was hit with pepper spray when he refused orders from an officer to get off another car, but was able to run away.

After running, he picked up a child's scooter and used it to hit the front door of a Cross Country Place home. When he once again did not comply with orders to get off the home's porch, two officers deployed their shock devices into Howard, then handcuffed him.

Once they had him handcuffed, though, the officers realized Howard was not breathing.

Five officers involved in the incident were placed on routine administrative leave. An investigation into the event continues.