Man who set himself on fire in front of police identified

November 28, 2011|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County police have identified the man who committed suicide Friday by setting himself on fire in his Middle River home.

Kenneth Leon Grubb, 58, of the first block of Clearwater Court in the Bowleys Quarters area, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 a.m. He had informed police in a phone call of his plan to commit suicide. Officers arrived at 10:20 a.m. and tried to control Grubb with a shock from a Taser gun, while he stood at an open window. Grubb quickly retreated deeper into the home. Officers followed but were unable to stop the man before he set himself on fire, police said. Firefighters, called to the scene, extinguished the fire within 15 minutes.

The Medical Examiner still has not identified the woman found dead Thursday in an burned-out auto, discovered in the 1300 block of Phoenix Road.

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