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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A family is suing police and paramedics in Baltimore County over the death of a man who called 911 for help.

WBAL-TV reported Thursday that the suit stems from an incident in Towson last year.

Attorneys for the family of Tawon Boyd said he called 911 to report a break-in. His girlfriend said he may have been delusional.

The family alleges that instead of helping Boyd, police beat him. The suit says a paramedic gave him the drug Haldol to calm him down, but it sent Boyd into cardiac arrest.

Police said Boyd resisted being taken to a hospital. Police also reported that Boyd was punched during the scuffle.

A medical examiner said Boyd’s death was accidental with complications from the synthetic street drug ethylpentylone.

The lawsuit seeks $10 million.


Information from: WBAL-TV,