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.