MURDER USA Baltimore County Police Officer Killed
UPDATE: Towson Law Professor Jack Fruchtman weighs in on murder charges against three co-burglars of Dawnta Harris; says any conviction for burglars inside the house while Harris killed Caprio could be overturned
Baltimore County Police are confirming the slain officer is Police Officer First Class Amy Caprio. She was a 3 year, 10 month veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department.
TOWSON, MD. A Baltimore County Police Officer has died from injuries from being struck by a vehicle she was investigating to be involved in burglaries in the area. Police say that body cam photos shows she got off one shot as the vehicle ran her down.
A Baltimore County police official said the officer was hit and struck by a vehicle around 2 p.m. while she was responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle on Linwen Way. She was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. WBAL reports that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has confirmed the officer has died.d
Police report that a suspect arrested was yesterday has been identified as Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) of the 1600 block of Vincent Court, 21217.
Harris has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections and is expected to appear for a bail review.
“Your client, in the last six months, is a one-man crime wave,” a Baltimore County judge said during the bail hearing. “I’m not sure any facility is secure enough to hold him.”
Harris is from Gilmor Homes in west Baltimore, a public housing complex well known because of the Freddie Gray case.
BALTIMORE CITY STATES ATTORNEY MARILYN MOSBY HAD GRANTED HARRIS HOME DETENTION ONE WEEK BEFORE HE KILLED OFFICER CAPRIO AS HE AND HIS FRIENDS BURGLARIZED HOMES
The medical examiner ruled Caprio’s death a homicide by multiple trauma to the head and torso.
“Unfortunately, we’ve lost a police officer to a senseless act, and we’re now dealing with proceeding forward with a funeral and services for Officer Caprio,” Sheridan said.
Sources told 11 News that Harris returned to the scene to look for the other three suspects who were in a house. Police said detectives verified that the suspects were involved in burglaries in the area.
“Harris admitted that he had been waiting in the driver’s seat of the Jeep Wrangler as other associates were in the process of committing a burglary,” the charging document states.
Sources said that the Perry Hall house was apparently targeted by the suspects, who believed there were guns inside.
The Jeep was found abandoned in the 9500 block of Dawnvale Road, close to where Caprio was struck, charging documents state. About a block away from the Jeep, police officers found a teenager matching a description of the driver provided by a 911 caller. The teenager was later identified as Harris, charging documents state. MORE
UPDATE – #BCoPD confirming that three outstanding suspects are in custody. All three, teenage males. Detectives have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area. Officers will be in the area today to canvass for property stolen during these burglaries.
Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said Caprio arrived and saw black a Jeep. She followed it into a court, where it stopped and turned around. Caprio got out of her car and ordered the driver of the Jeep to get out.
Charging documents said Harris admitted that he “drove at the officer.”
“He admitted that he partially opened the driver’s door, but then shut it and drove at the officer,” the charging documents state.
“Officer Caprio is the type of officer you want to hire — compassionate, smart, athletic, energetic. Not quite four years on the job, was starting to show that she had all the potential to become one of the leaders of this organization in the future,” Sheridan said.
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