Teen charged in Baltimore County police officer’s death, accused of ramming Jeep into cop
(CNN) — Baltimore County, Maryland, police arrested a teenager who allegedly admitted to using a Jeep Wrangler to fatally strike an officer who was trying to get the youth to exit the vehicle.
Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, was arrested Monday in connection with the death of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio. He has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and will have a bail hearing Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
The incident began around 2 p.m. Monday when police were called to investigate a report of a possible burglary in which three people had gotten out of a black Jeep and were walking around homes, according to a probable cause statement. The callers said the subjects had broken into one home, the documents state.
Officers arriving at the scene found Caprio in the roadway suffering from traumatic injuries. She was transported to Franklin Square Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the probable cause documents said.
The first class officer had worked for Baltimore County police for nearly four years, authorities said.
A witness said he saw Caprio outside her patrol car shouting orders to the driver of a Jeep Wrangler, according to court documents. The witness said the vehicle then drove directly at the officer and struck her, the documents state.
The vehicle was discovered abandoned nearby, and a description of the driver was broadcast over police radio, the documents said. Harris matched that description and was stopped about a block from the abandoned Jeep, according to court documents.
In an interview with police, he admitted he was waiting in the driver’s seat of the Jeep as other associates were committing a burglary, according to court documents. Caprio followed him, got out of her vehicle and demanded he exit the Jeep, he said, according to court documents.
He confessed he partially opened the driver’s door but then shut it and drove at the officer, the court documents state.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said US and Maryland flags will fly at half-staff until Caprio is laid to rest.
“She bravely made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of our citizens, and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her selfless service,” he said.
Perry Hall, MD (WMAR) — Baltimore County Police say they have four teenage suspects involved in the death of an officer in police custody, and at least one of them is facing murder charges.
On Monday around 2 in the afternoon, an officer was killed in the line of duty while investigating suspicious activity in Perry Hall. She was almost a four-year veteran of the force.
Tuesday morning, police announced that a 16-year-old was arrested shortly after the death of that officer.
Charging documents reveal the name of the suspect is Dawnta Anthony Harris, and the name of the fallen officer is Amy Caprio.
They continue to say that police were called to 3 Linwen Way after a woman said there was a black Jeep Wrangler near her home, and three suspicious subjects were walking around. The woman stayed on the phone with a dispatcher and said that the three people had broken in and that an officer was on the ground after confronting the driver of the Jeep Wrangler.
Another witness says they saw the Wrangler drive over Officer Caprio, and then drive away, according to the charging documents.
Shortly after, another person called 911 saying that the Jeep Wrangler was abandoned in front of 9515 Dawnvale Road. A description of the driver was sent out over the police radio and officers were able to find the driver who was later identified as Harris.
The charging documents continue to say that Harris admitted that he was waiting in the driver’s seat of the Jeep Wrangler while his other associates were burglarizing the house. He then said he tried to drive away in the Wrangler when he saw Officer Caprio arrive in the area. He tried to flee, but Officer Caprio followed him to the cul-de-sac at the end of Linwen Way.
Officer Caprio demanded he exit the car, so he opened the door slightly, shut it, and then drove at the officer. He then admitted leaving the Wrangler where it was later found on Dawnvale Road, according to the documents.
Harris has been charged with first-degree murder. A spokesperson with police did say the teenager will be charged as an adult.
Baltimore County Police say Harris’ associates are in custody and they are all teenage boys. Detectives have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area. Officers will be canvassing for property stolen during the burglaries on Tuesday.