Maryland teen, Dawnta Anthony Harris, charged as adult with first-degree murder in death of police officer
16-year-old boy arrested, charged as adult with first-degree murder in death of Maryland police officer Amy Caprio, Tuesday
Dawnta Anthony Harris is being charged as an adult in the death of officer Caprio
29-year-old Amy Caprio is married and a four-year-veteran of the Baltimore police dept
Caprio was run over after responding to a “suspicious vehicle” in a Baltimore suburb at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, May 21 – she was rushed to a nearby hospital where she later died
Three additional suspects, involved in burglaries in the area, also in custody
16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris [photo], is being charged as an adult in the death of police officer Amy Caprio
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of a Baltimore County police officer, who was fatally struck by a vehicle on Monday.
Dawnta Anthony Harris is expected to appear in court on Tuesday in connection with the death of Officer Amy Caprio, who was identified by the Baltimore Sun. He is being held without bail.
The Baltimore County Police Department said Tuesday that three additional suspects who were involved in burglaries in the area are also in custody.
Officer Caprio, 29, was run over after responding to a “suspicious vehicle” in a Baltimore suburb at approximately 2 p.m. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she passed away.
Harris ran over officer Amy Caprio when she asked him to step out of a burglary getaway vehicle on Monday May, 21
“A witness to the fatal attack told his father that he saw Caprio pull her gun on a jeep before she was struck, according to the newspaper.
“She basically landed almost in front of my mailbox,” dad Tony Kurek told the Sun.
Baltimore PD identified the officer killed as a married four-year veteran of the force assigned to the Parkville precinct.
The fallen officer’s husband on Tuesday morning told 105.7 radio’e, The Norris & Long Show: “I’m just still grieving. I don’t know, I just feel like talking about it is definitely better than not,” Tim Caprio told Ed Norris, one of the show’s hosts and a former Baltimore city police commissioner.
Caprio was responding to a call around 2 p.m. Monday on Linwen Way to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the area. A 911 caller reported a black Jeep Wrangler near her home, and said three “suspicious subjects got out of it and were walking around homes.” The suspects had broken into the home, and that the first arriving officer was on the ground after confronting the driver of the Jeep, the caller told the dispatcher.
When the responding officer asked the suspect to step out of the vehicle, he did not comply, instead the driver sped forward, ramming the officer with the vehicle. She landed about 20 feet away.
The suspects’ getaway Jeep was later found abandoned in front of a home on a nearby street.
Harris was arrested a block from where the Jeep was parked.
Officers from Baltimore PD converge to search for three additional suspects in the burglary that led to the death of officer Amy Caprio
During an interview Harris admitted to police that he was sitting in the driver seat while the three other suspects committed a burglary.
He told officers he saw Caprio drive up the block and that she got out of her car and demanded that the get out of the Jeep. Instead, he “drove at the officer,” the documents said.
Police would not confirm whether the Jeep had been stolen, but they believe it was also involved in an earlier burglary.
The remaining suspects, who police considered armed and dangerous, extended into the evening. All three are now in custody.
Detectives have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area, police said. Officers were in the area Tuesday to canvass for property stolen during the burglaries.
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