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Two Special Police Officers Charged in MedStar Patient’s Death

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  • James McBride had "fatal encounter" with special police officers after leaving hospital without formal discharge.
  • McBride died Oct. 1 from blunt force injuries to the neck, including damage to his spinal cord, the medical examiner's office said.
  • Grand jury indicted Clifton Montgomery and Charles Brown on involuntary manslaughter charges.

Two special police officers face charges in the death of a MedStar Washington Hospital Center patient last year. 

James E. McBride, a husband and father, was a patient at MedStar Washington Hospital Center Sept. 29 when he left without formal discharge, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He was found at the nearby MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and was being escorted back to the hospital's main entrance when he "became non-compliant and resisted," according to a police report.

An idictment says McBride had a "fatal encounter" with 30-year-old Clifton Montgomery and 43-year Charles Brown.

McBride died Oct. 1 from blunt force injuries to the neck, including damage to his spinal cord, the medical examiner's office said. His death was ruled a homicide.

A grand jury indicted Montgomery and Brown on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

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