Baltimore County police have confirmed that their slain officer is Police Officer First Class Amy Caprio. She was a 3 year, 10 month veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department.
Court records indicate that Caprio was dispatched to Linwen Way to investigate a suspicious vehicle at around 2 p.m. on Monday. A local resident called 911 and advised that a black Jeep Wrangler was near her home. She told dispatchers that three “suspicious subjects got out of it and were walking around homes.”
Shortly thereafter the caller advised dispatchers that the three suspects had broken into a home, according to the documents. She then advised that Caprio was on the ground after confronting the driver of the Jeep.
Arriving officers found Caprio suffering from traumatic injuries in the roadway. She was transported to Franklin Square Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Another witness advised that he observed Officer Caprio outside of her patrol car, shouting orders at the driver of the Jeep. The witness then observed the Jeep Wrangler drive directly at Officer Caprio and strike her, the documents said.
Shortly thereafter, another 911 call was received, reporting that the Jeep was abandoned near the scene. A description of the suspect was broadcast over police radio. Responding officers located the 16-year-old suspect, who matched the description and stopped him approximately one block from the Jeep, according to the records.
Police say that during an interview, the suspect admitted that he had been waiting in the driver’s seat of the Jeep as the three other suspects were committing the burglaries.
The driver tried to flee the scene when Officer Caprio arrived on the block, according to the documents. His direction of travel took him to a dead end cul-de-sac at the end of Linwen Way. He told Detectives that Caprio followed him there, exited her vehicle and demanded that he exit the Jeep, according to the records.
Police say that the suspect told Detectives that he partially opened the driver’s door, but shut it and drove at the officer. He later admitted to leaving the Jeep where it was later found, according to the documents.
It’s unclear if Officer Caprio was shot during the incident. Initial reports that Caprio was shot were confirmed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a tweet.
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. Our prayers go out to this brave officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 21, 2018
On Tuesday morning, officials said a the 16-year-old boy was arrested shortly after the officer was shot and killed. He 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 this afternoon.
Officials have also announced that the three outstanding suspects are now in custody. All three, teenage males. Detective have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area, according to police.
Police confirm 16yr old male was arrested yesterday shortly after death of #BCoPD officer. Suspect awaiting bail hearing. Name and charges will be released after hearing. More details to follow throughout the day. Three suspects continue to be sought.^SV
— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) May 22, 2018
It’s believed that the officer had her body camera on during the incident. Investigators are reportedly examining the device.
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