Skip Navigation

COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Public Safety News


Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Date: Sep 18, 2019

Three people suffered non life-threatening injuries this morning in an explosion at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills.

Two patients -- an adult and a child -- were transported to local hospitals. The third, an adult, was treated at the scene. Both adults had been working in the boiler room area, where the explosion occurred.

Baltimore County Fire Department units were dispatched to the private preparatory school in the 8600 block of McDonogh Rd., 21117, at 8:31 a.m. for a report of an explosion at the "shot tower" -- a smokestack connected to a boiler room.

First-arriving crews found the top of the shot tower blown off and bricks from the tower strewn in the vicinity. BCoFD personnel immediately set up a collapse zone and searched adjacent structures for trapped victims; the search was negative. 

The two employees working in the boiler room, as well as students and employees in nearby buildings, self-evacuated. 

There was no fire as a result of the explosion. About 20 pieces of fire equipment responded to this call.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) was dispatched and will handle the investigation.

UPDATE (September 18, 2019 1:07 p.m.):

Booking photo of Cristian Isaac Cardona MejiaCristian Isaac Cardona Mejia (24) of the 1000 block of Middlesex Road, 21221 is charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, three counts of first degree assault, and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in the road rage incident that caused injuries to four people in Dundalk Monday night.

Cardona Mejia is currently held on no bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing today.

Original Release (September 17, 2019 11:22 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a road rage incident in Dundalk that led to four people being injured last night.

Police responded to multiple calls for a stabbing on North Point Road at Merritt Boulevard around 9 p.m. where they located four adult males suffering from lacerations. All four were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

The investigation indicates that two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla and a Toyota pickup truck, were involved in a road rage incident that began on Eastern Boulevard and ended with a confrontation on North Point Road between the driver of the truck and three occupants of the Corolla. The driver of the truck produced a utility knife and assaulted the three other men, also incurring a laceration himself during the altercation.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation into this incident. The identity of the suspect will be released following formal charges.

Revised June 27, 2017