UPDATE (January 25, 2018; 11:23 a.m.): Baltimore County Police are investigating this homicide as justifiable self-defense and no charges have been placed at this time. Paul Michael Connolly, 3rd, 25, of the 5600 block of Utrecht Road, 21206 suffered a stab wound and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Homicide detectives conducted their investigation and learned the circumstances leading up to the incident.

A man learned that someone at Connolly's residence was responsible for stealing property from his residence. He knocked on Connolly’s front door to confront the residents about stealing his property. Connolly and another man from the house came outside and an argument between the three ensued. According to the man, a large dog belonging to one of the residents also attacked him. Police determined that Connolly and the man pulled out knives and Connolly was stabbed.

After extensive interviews, the man was released from police custody. Police found evidence of a struggle and justification of the man’s statement. The investigation into the theft and the death is continuing at this time.

Police cannot release any identifying information about the man involved in this incident, under state law.

Original Release (January 24, 2018; 10:17 p.m.): Police continue to investigate a mid-day homicide in Rosedale.

Officers were called to the scene outside a home in the 5600 block of Utrecht Road around 11:24 a.m. when the victim and suspect became engaged in a physical altercation following a verbal argument. During the altercation the victim was fatally stabbed. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

The victim is identified as Michael Paul Connolly, 3rd (25) of the 5600 block of Utrecht Road.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this homicide.