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UPDATE (July 19, 2019 10:30 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged the suspect responsible for the July 18th homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard. 

Deonte James Griffin, 26, of the 3700-block of Eastman Road, 21133 has been charged with first degree murder, first degree assault, and use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, pending a bail review hearing today at 1:00 p.m.



UPDATE (July 18, 2019 4:18 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives have arrested a suspect in the homicide of a man at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard early this morning.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, identified as Jeremiah David Koch (30) from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, was summoned to a room at the Comfort Inn by a third man to help calm the suspect, who was in an agitated state. The suspect, who is not yet being identified pending formal charges, produced a handgun. The third man ran from the room, calling 9-1-1 and reporting hearing shots fired.

When officers arrived they found the victim deceased in the room, suffering from trauma to the upper body, presumably a gunshot wound. Detectives are still awaiting results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to confirm the cause and manner of death.

The suspect initially fled the scene but was later located in the area and taken into custody. The identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow following formal charging.

Original Release (July 18, 2019 1:25 p.m.):

Police remain on the scene of what is being investigated as a homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard.

Officers were dispatched to the hotel at 8801 Loch Raven Boulevard around 2:26 a.m. for a call of a man with a gun. When officers arrived they were directed to a room inside the hotel where they discovered an adult man with trauma to the upper body. The man, who has not yet been positively identified, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Homicide Unit will continue the investigation into this death. Additional details will be released as they are made available. Anyone who may have information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

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UPDATE (July 17, 2019 1:13 p.m.):

Booking photo of Marquis MatthewsThe suspect in the shooting on Kingston Road in Middle River Monday night is identified as Marquis Devonn Warren Matthews (42) of the 2100 block of Vailthorn Road, 21220.

Matthews is charged with attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime. Matthews is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

Original Release (July 16, 2019 11:42 a.m.):

One man has been seriously injured in a shooting in Middle River late last night.

Police responded to a call for a shooting in the 100 block of Kingston Road around 11 p.m. and found a man, 29, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body that caused a life-threatening injury. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment but is expected to survive his wounds.

A suspect who fled the scene following the shooting has been taken into custody. His identity is withheld pending formal charges.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim and suspect are acquainted and have had an ongoing personal dispute that culminated in the shooting last night.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing their investigation into this shooting.

Update -- July 18, 11:15 a.m.:

BCoPD fire investigators have determined that Tuesday's explosion in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227, was accidental. A contractor working in the home was refinishing a bathtub when chemicals involved in the process ignited. Investigators said there were multiple possible sources of ignition. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

The contractor suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center.

Original post:

A man was seriously injured this afternoon inHouse explosion with fire, 4200 block Twin Circle Way, Lansdowne a house explosion and fire in Lansdowne.

The patient, reportedly 29 years old, was transported by ground to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. He originally was classified a Priority 1 patient, but later was downgraded to Priority 2.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 12:02 p.m. to a townhouse explosion with fire in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227. Callers to 911 reported an odor of gas at the location and the sound of an explosion.

First-arriving crews reported heavy fire with the back wall in danger of collapse and, at 12:10 p.m, requested a working fire assignment. Crews knocked the fire at 12:22 p.m. The home suffered heavy damage. Three other units suffered less severe damage.

The patient reportedly was working at the home when the incident occurred. A family of four was at home at the time and self-evacuated.

An investigation will be conducted by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

Revised June 27, 2017