Hero Down: Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio Murdered By Group Of Teens

A Baltimore County police officer was struck by a carload of fleeing burglary suspects on Monday afternoon.

Perry Hall, MD – Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio was murdered in the line of duty on Monday afternoon after she intercepted a carload of burglary suspects.

Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder on Tuesday, police said.

Harris’ three juvenile accomplices were taken into custody on Tuesday morning, but details regarding their possible pending charges have not yet been released.

Officer Caprio, 29, stumbled upon a burglary in progress at approximately 2 p.m., while she was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle, WJZ reported.

According to the Associated Press, police later discovered damage to a patio door at one residence in the area.

Court documents said that Harris admitted to investigators that he was driving a Jeep Wrangler, and that he was waiting in the vehicle while his three accomplices were committing a residential burglary.

When Officer Amy Caprio arrived in the area, Harris said he attempted to flee, but ended up in a cul-de-sac.

Officer Caprio pursued him, then exited her patrol vehicle and demanded that Harris get out of the Jeep, court documents said.

Harris said he opened the driver’s door partway, but that he closed the door again, and “drove at the officer,” the report read.

Tony Kurek said that his adult son was outside in the yard and witnessed the officer confronting the occupants inside a Jeep with her weapon drawn, the Associated Press reported.

Another neighbor, Dahle Amendt, said he was inside his home when heard the officer issuing commands to someone outside.

“I heard, ‘Get out of the car! Get out of the car! Get out of the car!' at least three times, and then a pop," Amendt said.

Kurek said that his son heard the same sound.

"The next thing he heard was a pop, and he saw the Jeep take off and run right over her," he recounted.

“She basically landed almost in front of my mailbox,” Kurek told The Baltimore Sun.

The Jeep fled the scene, leaving skid marks on the street next to the dying officer.

Kurek called 911, as his other son began performing CPR on the fallen officer, he said.

“I had a very, very bad feeling that she was going or gone,” Kurek recalled. “She was young. It just breaks your heart.”

Officer Caprio, who would have been with the department for four years in July, was bleeding profusely when she was rushed to a nearby hospital.

She was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m., WJZ reported.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said the fallen officer was wearing an activated body camera when she was killed, according to FOX News.

WBAL-TV investigative reporter Jayne Miller said that a source familiar with the investigation saw the footage, and said that the video “gives clear view” of Officer Caprio as she stood in the street.

“Vehicle comes at her, she fires one shot, get hit and thrown,” Miller recounted in a tweet.

Investigators located the suspects’ abandoned Jeep a short distance from where the incident occurred, and soon took Harris into custody.

After the three additional juvenile suspects were apprehended on Tuesday, they told detectives that they were responsible for a string of burglaries in the neighborhood, investigators said.

Officer Caprio was a December, 2014 graduate of the Baltimore County Police Department’s 140th recruit class, and began her career with the department’s Essex precinct, The Baltimore Sun reported.

She was assigned to the Parkville precinct at the time of her death, and had been named as the officer of the month in December of 2017.

“I’m just still grieving,” her husband, Tim Caprio said on Tuesday morning, according to The Baltimore Sun. “I don’t know, I just feel like talking about it is definitely better than not.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Amy Caprio, your life mattered.

Comments (24)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

I am praying for Officer Amy Caprio and her family. A property crime with very little consequences for a juvenile was changed in an instant the moment the driver made the decision to run her over. He will now most likely spend the rest of his days in jail along with his accomplices. I can only imagine the outrage from black lives matter and others in the black community of Baltimore, who as we all know, have a habit of rioting if the officer had killed the driver before he had a chance to kill her. Now, we won't hear a peep out of them except for the family of these youths coming forward with pictures of them in their middle school graduation gowns telling us they were all going to be doctors. They will somehow blame the system or the police for what happened and ask for reparations. Welcome to 2018.

John-Brown
John-Brown
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@JBo, this is in Baltimore County, not the city, so Mosby is not involved. We have a white male state's attorney.

JBo
JBo

@John-Brown...Thanks, John.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Honest question. You and others continually bring up BLM when the group hasn't been in the news in a while. Are you not aware of what they are up to, or why they haven't been in the news as much lately?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estcomnDenomn I guess you haven't held a meeting recently...or maybe the "leaders" are all in jail....or maybe Obama isn't pulling the strings anymore....WTF I don't know Lowest, please, tell me why....

*wtf*
*wtf*

@Hi_estcomnDenomn, yes, I must have missed that too. Please enlighten me/us, the unknowing, why SOME Black Lives Matter (who I believe "claim" that they're for ALL lives) haven't been seen in the news lately. What are they "up to"? I'm sure it will be educational.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Now they are reporting that the video will not be released.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Funny. Normally when they are sure nothing went wrong, they're tripping over themselves to release the footage.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
@wtf
You didn't "miss" anything. You're just happy with whatever you believe it is they're doing nowadays.

Anyway, one of you mentioned they are supposedly for all lives, and you are close. They are forming coalition a with multiple other groups on a political front.

Someone must have finally told them that marching is worth almost nothing, and they're much better off forming grassroots campaigns with other small ethnic groups and approaching their situation politically and monetarily. That seems to be the only way to get things done these days.

Mrs10
Mrs10

The camera is EVIDENCE that will be used in the murder trial. EVIDENCE is supposed to stay confidential to protect the integrity of an investigation . That ensures that the victim of the crime AND the accused are both protected as there is a chain of custody to lessen the possibility of evidence tamper. Eliminates or cuts down dramatically on he-said-she-said being the basis for an acquittal or conviction.

No cover-up here. Next conspiracy?

Lon Chaney III
Lon Chaney III

'Dwanta'. Hey, I don't want to be accused of racial profiling........but.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I agree that it is okay to wait to release the video, but the decision to wait is suspicious.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi!_estComnDenomn oooohhhhh! They're not releasing the video! Ooohhhh! They must be hiding something...like maybe she threw her body in front of the vehicle internationally. Maybe she actually committed suicide. Yeah, that's what happened. Black people always seem to see things that are not there. The police are always hiding the truth in your little minds. Kind of like the Michael Brown case of "hands up, don't shoot". Never mind witness accounts. Never mind that the video is considered evidence of the crime and will be shown many times in court to prove the states case. For someone who claims to be so smart you sure say some dumb ass things.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday. Please explain what the police could be possibly hiding. I'm sure you'll have a good one...lol

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

One possibility is that she intentionally put herself in the path of a moving vehicle and stArted shooting.

Matt haines
Matt haines

Lock that little piece of shit in a jail cell with this officers husband, and give the husband a short screwdriver as a weapon. Should take a LOOOONG painful way to die

Karles_1
Karles_1

Rest Well Ma'am, be at peace now and always. My thoughts are with her family, friends and department during this difficult time. Godspeed Sister Godspeed 💙

fell
fell

it isn't about the BLM group per se, it is about their message that keeps them in the thoughts of sane and patriotic americans

C911
C911

Heartbreaking! Another senseless murder of a police officer. Prayers for the ones left to deal with this.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Well here's the usual suspects:

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
Tommydh
Tommydh

Read the departments policy on body worn cameras. It clearly states that no video that is part of an active investigation will be released to public. The defense attorneys are the ones trying to create a racial driven incident. If I were the defendant I would say thanks but no thanks to the attorneys that have no clue on the area of incident or to what the defendant said in his statement.