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Update, September 22, 2016, 4:50 p.m.

Baltimore County Police and Fire departments have released additional information about the incident on Akin Circle in Middle River early Sunday morning.

There are two 911 calls. These calls have not yet been released. The Baltimore County 911 Center received the first at 3:06:45 (it ends at 3:20:11) and Suspect Boyd is the caller. Police originally thought the girlfriend was the caller because the information passed on to police from the dispatcher said, "Female yelling on the phone." (The 911 calls themselves are not sent to police and fire personnel; a dispatcher provides information based on the 911 calls to first responders.)

The caller, assumed to be Boyd, is understandable at various moments, but the tape consists mostly of screaming from Boyd and the girlfriend and is difficult to understand. Boyd does not call for medical help. Based on this call, police were dispatched to a disturbance.

The second call comes at 3:25:49 and ends at 3:33:58. This is an open call that consists mostly of screaming and other noise. It is unclear who placed the call.

A review of dispatch records has indicated the following timeline:

  • Police are dispatched at 3:09 for a disturbance.
  • Police unit arrives at 3:18.
  • Police call for EMS at 3:28.
  • EMS arrives at 3:33.
  • EMS leaves scene w/ patient at 3:58.
  • EMS arrives at hospital at 4:10.

A redacted copy of the police report for this incident is available here.

An administrative review by both the Police and Fire departments is under way. The Homicide Unit investigates all fatal incidents.

An autopsy will be performed by the state Medical Examiner, who will rule on cause of death.

Update, September 21, 2016, 3:50 p.m.

Tawon Boyd, 21, the Middle River man hospitalized since Sunday after he violently confronted police and emergency medical providers, died this afternoon at a local hospital.

Administrative reviews by the police and fire departments will be conducted. The Homicide Unit, which investigates all fatal police-involved incidents, has begun its investigation.

The cause of death has not been established and will be determined by the Medical Examiner.

Original release (September 20, 2016  5:39 p.m.):

A Middle River man remains hospitalized following a Sunday incident in which he violently confronted police and emergency medical providers.

The individual is Tawon Boyd, 21, of the unit block of Akin Circle, 21220.

Police responded to the unit block of Aikin Circle at 3:09 a.m. on September 18 for a report of a disturbance after receiving 911 calls. A man and a woman can be heard screaming at each other on the calls. 

When officers arrived, they found the man and woman screaming at each other. The woman reported to police officers that her boyfriend had been acting “crazy” and was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The man appeared confused and paranoid, sweating heavily, and when police attempted to talk to the man and calm him he ran to multiple marked police cars and tried to get inside. He also began banging on neighbors’ doors.

Police continued to try to talk to the man and decided to take him for an emergency evaluation. The man refused to obey police orders and engaged officers in a physical struggle. Three officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and Boyd also sustained injuries. The officers called for medical assistance during the struggle.

Medical personnel arrived at about 3:30 a.m. The man was transported via BCoFD medic unit to a local hospital.

Pursuant to standard procedures, an administrative investigation will be conducted by both the police and fire departments.

The 103rd Recruit Class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy will graduate tonight, June 25, at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Towson, MD 21286.

Deputy Administrative Officer Donna Morrison, representing County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Fire Chief John Hohman will address the class and award the diplomas.

The graduating class comprises 36 recruits – 14 women and 22 men – who have trained as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. They will serve as paramedics and probationary emergency medical technicians in the EMS division for two years.

The recruits began training March 24 at the Fire-Rescue Academy in Sparrows Point and have completed 18 weeks of training. Their instruction includes: emergency vehicle operation, hazardous materials, basic firefighting skills, self-contained breathing apparatus, EMT skills, Fire Department operations, CPR, intravenous therapy, safety and various topics related to basic and advanced medical care.

The Baltimore County Fire Department has begun a thorough review of an incident last month involving a patient at a Randallstown nursing home.

The incident occurred on September 15, 2013, when EMS personnel were dispatched to Genesis Healthcare at 9109 Liberty Road.

Medic 18 (Randallstown) responded to the call for a patient conscious, not alert.

A crew of one paramedic and one EMT prepared the female patient for transport and loaded the patient into M18. Preliminary investigation indicates that the stretcher fell to the ground. The medic crew immediately attended to the patient, who displayed minor injuries as a result of the fall, and transported her to Northwest Hospital.  The crew contacted the EMS supervisor immediately.

The Fire Department immediately began a review of the incident; this review remains ongoing.

M18 is a 2006 Freightliner Medic.  The stretcher is manufactured by Stryker.

 
 

Revised September 27, 2016