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Date: Sep 8, 2017

Baltimore County Police were called to the unit block of Walden Cypress Court, 21207 just before midnight on Thursday night for an assault between two roommates, but when they arrived they found one of them in cardiac arrest.

The initial investigation has determined that the two roommates had a verbal dispute that escalated into a violent physical fight. At some point during the altercation they both fell to the ground, with the suspect on top, who grabbed some nearby electrical cords and strangled the victim, Elijah McKeith Smalls (39), who then went into cardiac arrest. The suspect, Calvin Fernanda Phair (47), was performing CPR on the victim when police arrived. Baltimore County EMS personnel were called and continued life-saving efforts but the victim was unresponsive and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Phair is charged with 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Assault. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

UPDATE (September 8, 2017 9 a.m.):

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded the autopsy on victim Shawn Scarinzi, ruling his death a homicide. Scarinzi remained hospitalized from the time of the incident on December 4, 2015 until his death on May 22, 2017, seventeen months after being doused with gasoline and set on fire following an altercation with the suspect, Christopher Harrison. The case has been forwarded to the Maryland State's Attorney for review.

Harrison remains in the custody of the Maryland Department of Corrections, found guilty on charges stemming from the initial assault. He is awaiting trial for the homicide of the other victim, David Campbell, scheduled for November 13, 2017.

UPDATE (May 23, 2017 1:42 p.m.):

The second victim of a 1st degree assault - arson - stemming from an altercation in White Marsh on December 4, 2015, has died.

Shawn Michael Scarinzi (25) of the 900 block of Topview Drive in Edgewood, 21040 died early yesterday morning, 17 months after being inadvertently set on fire during an altercation between his friend, David Benjamin Campbell, and the suspect, Christopher Harrison Jr.

After running out of gas on Pulaski Highway near Allender Road that afternoon, Campbell and Scarinzi were returning with containers of gasoline when an altercation erupted between Campbell and Harrison, resulting in Campbell punching Harrison. Harrison doused Campbell with gasoline and lit him on fire. Scarinzi, who was standing near Campbell with a container of gasoline, also became engulfed in flames. Both victims remained hospitalized until the time of their deaths.  

David Benjamin Campbell (22) of the unit block of Runway Court in Middle River, 21220, died on January 7, 2017. His death is ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A warrant was issued to Harrison for homicide charges on May 16, 2017. The results of an autopsy performed on Scarinzi are pending.

Harrison was taken into custody at the time of the incident and held without bail, and remains confined to the Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea on July 28, 2016 to charges of 1st Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment, for which he was sentenced to 20 years and 5 years imprisonment, respectively, to be served consecutively.

Original release (December 7, 2015  12:51 p.m.):

At 4:42 p.m. on December 4, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Pulaski Highway and Allender Road, 21162 for a report of a vehicle fire. When Fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found that two people, not a vehicle, had been set on fire.
The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the suspect’s vehicle had run out of gas at the location at Pulaski and Allender Road. The suspect had just returned to his vehicle with a container of gas when he encountered the first victim. The suspect and the first victim have been involved in an ongoing dispute at work and became involved in an altercation. During the altercation, the suspect threw gasoline on the first victim and lit it on fire, and the first victim punched the suspect in the face. During the confrontation, gasoline that had ignited splashed onto a second victim, injuring him. The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended nearby.
The victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious burns. Their current conditions are unknown.
Detectives identified the suspect as 28-year-old Christopher Harrison Jr of the 900 block of Top View Drive 21040. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and related charges. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Booking Photograph of Christopher Harrison Jr

On September 8, 2017 just before 2:00 a.m., Baltimore County Police responded to the 9900-block of Bird River Road near Campbell Boulevard, 21220 for a fatal crash. Police determined that a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado truck was traveling westbound on Bird River Road when the truck left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, identified as Adam Stansbury, 27, of the 1100-block of Sandystone Road, 21221, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Stansbury was the only occupant inside the truck. Police are continuing their investigation into this incident. 

Revised June 27, 2017