Police responded to call 10 hours before body found in Woodlawn

Responding to a call of shots fired, officers patrolled a Woodlawn neighborhood about 10 hours before a man was found dead in the yard of a single-family home, police said Thursday.

Police received an emergency call to report gunshots on Woodmoor Road just before 9 p.m. Monday, said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police.


Officers inspected the street but saw nothing amiss, she said. They also attempted to speak with the caller, but that person declined to talk to police.

The next day, responding to a call at 7:19 a.m., police found the body of Ronald Thomas Givens, 55, a resident of the 3400 block of Woodmoor Road, in a yard about a block from his home, Armacost said.

He was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, she said.

Police do not yet know the time of Givens' death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides that information following an autopsy, she said.

Armacost said that at this point, there is no evidence that the report of shots fired is connected to Givens' death.

Police do not have any suspects, she said. Anyone with information about the shooting should call 410-307-2020.

Baltimore Sun reporter Mary Gail Hare contributed to this article.