Officer Responding to Call Gets Run Over by Car—Authorities Reveal Tragic Reason

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
May 23, 2018US News
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Officer Responding to Call Gets Run Over by Car—Authorities Reveal Tragic Reason
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Four teenagers sought by the police after the killing of a Maryland police officer on Monday, May 21, have been arrested, officials said.

Dawnta Harris, 16, was apprehended on the same day and charged as an adult with first-degree murder, according to documents obtained by WBAL.

Three other teenage males, ages 15 through 17, have been arrested, officials said on Tuesday. Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said that information collected in the investigation indicates that officials can charge the other three teenagers with felony murder, although they have not been charged as of yet.

Officer First Class Amy Caprio was responding to a call in Baltimore County around 2 p.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle and a burglary in progress. Caprio spotted a black Jeep that fit the vehicle description and followed the driver into a court, where the driver stopped.

Caprio got out of her vehicle and ordered the driver of the Jeep to get out, but Harris, who was driving the Jeep, instead drove at Caprio and hit her.

Caprio was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries but was pronounced dead around 2:50 p.m.

“Unfortunately, we’ve lost a police officer to a senseless act, and we’re now dealing with proceeding forward with a funeral and services for Officer Caprio,” Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said, noting the actions of Harris were caught on Caprio’s body camera.

During Harris’ first court appearance, a judge heard that Harris has a series of auto theft arrests on his record as well as a history of running away from juvenile facilities. The teenager was supposed to be on house arrest but ran away from his mother’s home on May 14.

District Judge Sally Chester noted the history of running away when explaining why Harris was being held at an adult jail.

“In the last six months, no offense, but your client is a one-man crime wave,” Chester said to Harris’ lawyer, reported the Baltimore Sun. “I’m not certain any juvenile facility is secure enough to hold him.”

Prosecutor William Bickel noted that Harris has confessed. He faces a sentence of life in prison.

The other three teenagers, who have not been identified, were expected to appear in court on Wednesday, reported Fox 5. Charges are still pending as Sheridan noted that officers want to make sure they have a strong case against all three.

Harris referred to the other teens as his “associates” and said they committed a burglary together.

 

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