Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

16-year-old arrested following Maryland officer's death

16-year-old arrested following Maryland officer's death

The female Baltimore County officer, Amy Caprio, on Monday had confronted burglary suspects who attempted to flee in a vehicle, sparking a violent altercation that left the almost four-year-veteran of the force critically injured, police said.

Police say they are searching overnight for suspects believed to be armed and risky after the death of a female officer killed while investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in a greater Baltimore suburb. She was transported to Franklin Square Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the probable cause documents said.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer, and three other suspects were taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The officer would have been a four-year veteran in July. Authorities have not released her name.

Officers were searching the area Monday night for suspects "who we believe are armed and unsafe", Police Chief Terrence Sheridan noted earlier. "This is a bad time in the United States for law enforcement".

Gov. Larry Hogan offered his condolences to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Witnesses in the neighborhood reported hearing a pop sound and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep.

Harris also told the detective that he "drove at the officer", the statement said. "Our prayers go out to this fearless officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community". Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for Baltimore County police. Police say they will review the footage.

An earlier tweet said the 16-year-old teen was arrested shortly after the officer was fatally injured Monday. He says it clearly shows Harris accelerating a stolen Jeep at Caprio after she was trying to apprehend him on the suburban cul-de-sac where a burglary had just taken place.

Tony said that he'd just entered his home when one of his sons screamed, "Dad, Dad, a cop just got run over out front!"

One of the Kureks' other sons - a volunteer firefighter - ran outside and reportedly began CPR.

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.

One of the teeangers named in court documents obtained by FOX45 as Dawnta Harris from Baltimore, who admitted that he "drove at the officer" when she told him to get out of the auto while three others burglarized a house.

A manhunt for the suspects and a black Jeep was conducted after the incident, and local residents were encouraged to shelter in place, according to the outlet. Police also warned people to avoid driving along Belair Road from Forge Road to Ebenezer Road.

Three elementary schools were kept on alert status for hours, with students and teachers told to stay in their school buildings as police continued a search for the suspects.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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