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Two Baltimore County Police officers and Essex fire crews helped rescue three people from a burning Essex home Tuesday night.

Just before midnight, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 600 block of South Marlyn Avenue 21221 for a report of a fire. Police units arrived on the scene first and found flames coming from the home.

Engine 71 (Essex) took command quickly determined that occupants may be trapped. The engine crew rescued a 39-year-old woman from a first-floor bedroom; she was treated by BCoFD medic crews at the scene and transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. She remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The two Baltimore County Police officers and a "Good Samaritan" went into the home and evacuated a 39-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man from the basement. The two people assisted by the police officers were not injured.

The two BCoPD officers were transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Both were later released.

The incident is under investigation by Baltimore County Police Department fire investigators. The cause of the fire has not been determined and there no evidence of criminal activity at this time.

Photo of Jash Gurung, missing 35-year-old man.Baltimore County Police are actively searching for a critical missing man who may be lost and disoriented.

Jash Gurung, a 35-year-old Asian man, was last seen exiting the Target store at 1330 Martin Boulevard in Essex at approximately 4:34 p.m. after becoming separated from his family members inside the store.  He is unfamiliar with the area and has no means for transportation.

Mr. Gurung has light brown skin, short black hair, brown eyes and a mustache. He is 5'2 and weighs 110 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green shirt, a blue and white striped jacket, black shoes and a black baseball cap with an unknown type of white emblem. He was carrying a plastic Target bag when he exited the store. The attached photo is a still-shot from the Target surveillance camera as Mr. Gurung was leaving the store.

 Anyone who has seen Mr. Gurung or has information on his possible whereabouts is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or dial 9-1-1.

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.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016