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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.

Photo of the Baltimore County Fire Service Memorial Monument in Towson.The Baltimore County Fire Service’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance, which honors those members who have lost their lives in the line of duty, is scheduled for Sunday, May 22.

The ceremony will be held, rain or shine, at 2 p.m. at the Fire Service Memorial Monument in Patriot Plaza in Towson.

The Baltimore County Fire Department and Baltimore County Volunteer Fireman’s Association jointly organize the event.

Honoring Fallen Heroes

Forty-five Baltimore County firefighters and emergency medical personnel have died in the line of duty. These include 21 career members and 24 volunteer members.

Fire Chief John Hohman and other career and volunteer fire service leaders will honor the fallen by placing a wreath on the memorial shrine during the ceremony.

The shrine was built entirely with funds by members of the Fire Service. The memorial was sculpted in Portugal of Portuguese red granite, and consists of a Maltese cross flanked by two columns.

Inscribed on the monument are the names of the fallen and the words of Saint John, 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

The promotional ceremony of 57 members of the Baltimore County Fire Department took place on May 5 at the Randallstown Community Center in Randallstown.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Fire Chief John Hohman and other dignitaries joined family and friends at the ceremony. Clerk of the Court, Julie Ensor, officiated in the swearing in of the promotees.

The following were promoted:

Promoted to EMS Captain
Jeffrey Willats

Promoted to Fire Captain
John Cromwell Jr.
Paul Fenush
Duane Ludwig
Jay Miller
Dale Richardson
Michael Ruppert

Promoted to EMS Lieutenant
Michael Hoffman
Nicola Maguire
Nicole Nappi

Promoted to Fire Lieutenant
Aaron Carter
Michael Day
Evan Dayhoff
Michael Dennis
John Dentler
Robert Diegel
Anthony Espinosa
David Gouak Jr.
Thomas Kimbel
Andrew Laird
Matthew Lancaster
Kimberly Myers
Jason Porrovicchio
Donald Pruitt
Scott Wagner
Brandon Watkins
Eric Wentworth
Brent Williams
Gretchen Yingling

Promoted to Paramedic
Emily Cole

Promoted to FADO
Zachary Belcher
Ryan Bender
Andrew Capone
Kevin Cunningham
Joseph Fiedler III
Christopher Mack
Michael Murphy
Christopher Niner
Stephen Pearce
Norman Simpkins Jr.
Jason Sparks
Phillip Tran

Promoted to Fire Specialist
Chad Barben
David Blenman
James Ford
Nicholas Gamble
Michael Griffiths
Richard Hays
Nicholas Hornberger
Nathaniel Lewis
Erin Pasquali
Daniel Phillips
Michael Szczesniakowski
Michael Walters
Karen Zeiler

Promoted to Management Analyst II
Kathleen Suter

Promoted to Office Coordinator
Geegee Haith


Revised September 27, 2016