Crime, Police/Fire

New details emerge in fatal Middle River police confrontation

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Police LightsNew details have been released regarding a weekend incident in which an Essex man died after being hospitalized following a violent confrontation with police.

Baltimore County Police and Fire have released additional information about the incident that took place on Aikin Circle in Middle River early Sunday morning.

There were two 911 calls placed. These calls have not yet been released to the public. The Baltimore County 911 Center received the first at 3:06 a.m. and the suspect, 21-year-old Tawon Boyd, is the caller. Police originally thought the girlfriend was the caller because the information passed on to police from the dispatcher said, “Female yelling on the phone.”

It should be noted that the 911 calls themselves are not sent to police and fire personnel; a dispatcher provides information based on the 911 calls to first responders.

The caller, assumed to be Boyd, is understandable at various moments, but the tape consists mostly of screaming from Boyd and the girlfriend and is difficult to understand. Boyd does not call for medical help. Based on this call, police were dispatched to the disturbance.

The second call came in at 3:25 a.m. and ended at 3:33 a.m. This is an open call that consists mostly of screaming and other noises. It is unclear who placed the call.

A review of dispatch records has indicated the following timeline:

– Police are dispatched at 3:09 a.m. for a disturbance.
– Police unit arrives at 3:18 a.m.
– Police call for EMS at 3:28 a.m.
– EMS arrives at 3:33 a.m.
– EMS leaves scene w/ patient at 3:58 a.m.
– EMS arrives at hospital at 4:10 a.m.
– A redacted copy of the police report for this incident is available by clicking here.

An administrative review by both the police and fire departments is in process. The Homicide Unit investigates all fatal incidents.

An autopsy will be performed by the state Medical Examiner, who will rule on cause of death.

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