Baltimore County officer killed in line of duty, authorities say

Baltimore County officer killed in line of duty, authorities say

Pablo Tucker
May 22, 2018

A Maryland police manhunt ended on Tuesday when officers arrested three male teenagers suspected of playing a role in the killing of a female police officer who responded to a burglary report in a Baltimore suburb, officials said.

A Baltimore County police officer was shot and killed Monday afternoon in Perry Hall, a community northeast of Baltimore, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter.

A 16-year-old identified by police as Dawnta Anthony Harris has been charged with first-degree murder in Caprio's death.

Authorities were advising motorists to avoid the area and residents to shelter in place while the hunt for the suspect continued.

By Monday evening, police said, it was still too soon to know exactly how the officer was fatally injured.

Logan Kurek, who is a volunteer firefighter, said he heard his younger brother "frantically screaming" and ran outside to perform CPR on the officer.

At his bail review, prosecutors said Harris had stolen four cars since December, and went missing from house arrest for auto theft just days before he allegedly killed the officer.

Baltimore County Council President Julian Jones expressed condolences to the officer's family on behalf of the council and the citizens of the county.

Four hours after the incident, Chief Terrence B. Sheridan said police were awaiting an autopsy to determine the officer's cause and manner of death.

She said her husband is home with the children, but they are very upset.

The policeman, who is yet to be named, was gunned down while investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Four teenage suspects have been arrested in connection tot he slaying of a Baltimore County police officer, authorities confirmed Tuesday morning. The four-year veteran of the force, whose life was "unfortunately cut short", was transported to a nearby hospital and prounced dead at 2:50 p.m.

Baltimore County Schools will open on time Tuesday.

"The next thing he heard was a pop, and he saw the Jeep take off and run right over her", Kurek said.

"We are now investigating this as a homicide", Sheridan said at a press conference Monday evening.

"It does appear that this may have been a burglary in progress", said Corporal Shawn Vinson with Baltimore County Police.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County Police Officer after she was shot in the line of duty today".

Kurek's neighbor, Dahle Amendt, said he had just settled into his recliner for a rest when he heard a woman's voice outside his house in the leafy neighborhood of single-family homes. It's unclear whether or not the officer died because of the gunshot, being run over or a combination of both. It's a quiet community.

He said investigators were reviewing the officer's activated body camera. "You could just tell it wasn't good", Kurek said. It was closed while police searched for the suspects and collected evidence. But by Monday evening, parents were allowed to come to the schools to pick up their youngsters. Baltimore County Public Schools said in a statement that the alert status placed on three elementary schools does not involve a lockdown.

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