Essex man hospitalized after confrontation with police dies

Three officers sustained minor injuries
Posted at 10:17 PM, Sep 20, 2016

An Essex man hospitalized after a violent confrontation with police and medical personnel died Wednesday.

According to police, around 3 a.m. Sept. 18 officers were called to the unit block of Aikin Circle for a report of disturbance.

When officers arrived they found a man and a woman screaming at each other. The woman told police her boyfriend,  21-year-old Tawon Boyd, had been acting “crazy” and was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Officer said Johnson appeared "confused and paranoid" and was sweating heavily. When police tried to talk to him he ran to marked police cars and tried to get inside. He also began banging on neighbor’s doors.

When police tried to take him in for an emergency evaluation Johnson refused and began struggling. Three officers sustained minor injuries during the scuffle. Boyd was also hurt, but police did not provide the extent of his injuries.

Boyd was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

According to police, "Administrative reviews by the police and fire departments will be conducted. The Homicide Unit, which investigates all fatal police-involved incidents, has begun its investigation."

*Editor's note: A previous version of this story used an incorrect last name on first reference. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

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