One brave Baltimore County police officer was fatally wounded in the line of duty after a confrontation in Perry Hall.
The four-year veteran who was assigned to patrol the area was responding to a burglary call near Linwen Way at 2 P.M. on May 21st. The female officer approached the scene where she encountered four armed suspects. The police department has yet to release any details about what happened in the next few moments, but one witness told news reporters that she saw the officer getting run over by a vehicle.
Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for the police department, confirmed the officer was “critically injured” during the encounter. She was rushed to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center for treatment, but she was pronounced dead shortly later at 2:50 P.M.
Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan reported that the department is actively searching for the four suspects who they believe are both armed and dangerous. They plan on reviewing the late officer’s body-camera footage for more information on the incident.
The police told residents nearby to shelter in place, and an active alert was placed on all nearby elementary schools. County police then began a massive manhunt for the suspects.
One 16-year-old boy, Dawnta Harris, was eventually caught. He admitted to waiting in the car for the other three suspects during a burglary. He also admitted to running the officer over in his Jeep. He will be tried as an adult due to his actions, but the police have not yet released the charges he will be facing yet. Police continue to search for the other three suspects involved in this tragedy.