Baltimore County police say fatal Rosedale stabbing was justifiable self defense

The stabbing death of a 25-year-old man outside his home in Rosedale on Wednesday morning is being investigated as justifiable self defense, Baltimore County police said.

Police on Wednesday said the county’s homicide unit was investigating. On Thursday, the department provided more details about the circumstances, and said no charges will be filed in the killing of Michael Paul Connolly III, who lived in the 5600 block of Utrecht Road.


Police said Connolly was killed around 11:24 a.m. Wednesday, after an argument with a neighbor.

On Thursday, police said the man involved in the incident would not be charged, “after extensive interviews.”


Police said the man learned that someone at Connolly’s home had stolen from him. The man knocked on Connolly’s door to address the issue, and an argument began outside the home between the man and two people from the home. A large dog also attacked the man, he told police.

Police said both the man and Connolly pulled out knives, and Connolly was stabbed.

Officers were called to the scene, and Connolly was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died, police said.

Police said the man was released from custody, but the department is still investigating.