BREAKING: Baltimore County Officer Shot During Gunfight
Baltimore County, MD – Just one day after Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio’s killer was convicted by a jury, another female Baltimore County police officer from the same precinct was shot.
The shooting occurred when Baltimore County police officers responded to a 911 call from a home in the 3000-block of Linwood Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The caller reported a man with a gun inside of the residence, according to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan, who met with reporters in front of University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma.
He said he did not have any information about who had called 911 from the house.
When police arrived at the home, the man opened fire on the four officers and “fired multiple rounds,” Chief Sheridan said.
He said Baltimore County officers returned fire.
One female officer was shot in the upper body during the gunfight, the chief said.
Officers on the scene did not believe the wounded officer could wait for a helicopter to arrive to airlift her to the hospital, so she was loaded into a police vehicle and transported with a police escort.
He said that the wounded officer was alert and conscious, with good vital signs when she was taken into surgery at Shock Trauma.
Chief Sheridan said one man was found deceased inside the home after the gun battle.
The chief said he did not yet have any details about who the man was or whether he lived at the house, and stressed that all information about the investigation was “preliminary” at this time.
Police do not believe that there were any other suspects involved in the incident and said there would be bodycam video available to help fill in the details of what happened as the investigation progressed, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Chief Sheridan said the police department was waiting for the family of the officer to arrive at the hospital and be briefed on wounded officer’s condition before they released any information about her identity to the public.
Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski faced reporters with the police chief and referenced the similarities to Officer Caprio’s murder.
“Here we are one year later from the unfortunate incident involving Officer Caprio,” Olszewski said. “It’s a tragic reminder of what our law enforcement community has to face day in and day out. We are praying for our officer who is in surgery.”
Chief Sheridan said that the wounded officer was from the same Parkville Precinct as Officer Caprio.
"Unfortunately I’ve gotten these calls too many times,” the chief said. "We have probably one of the best medical systems in the world, and they take special care of our officers... We’re praying that they do their work again here and our officer comes through.”