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Maryland officer killed identified, 4 teens in custody

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PERRY HALL, Md.  — Authorities in Baltimore County have identified the police officer they say was killed on Monday. Police Officer First Class Amy Caprio was a 3 year, 10 month veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Authorities also say three additional teenagers have been taken into custody after a female officer was killed.

Baltimore County’s public safety department tweeted Tuesday morning that the teenagers are suspects in area burglaries.

The department did not say whether the three played any role in the officer’s death.

Dawnta Anthony Harris (16)

Another suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, was arrested Monday. He is charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

According to court records, Harris told a detective he was waiting in the driver’s seat of a Jeep while associates committed a burglary.

The records say he told the detective he drove the vehicle at the officer.

Police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher says she can’t immediately provide further details.

Court records say the teen arrested after a female Maryland police officer was fatally injured told a detective he drove a Jeep toward the officer.

A statement of probable cause dated Tuesday says Dawnta Anthony Harris was taken into custody near where the Jeep was found abandoned.

The probable cause statement says the slain Baltimore County officer was Amy Caprio.

Scott Shellenberger, the state’s attorney for Baltimore County, told The Associated Press that the 16-year-old has been charged as an adult. Court records show he faces a charge of first-degree murder. The Associated Press does not ordinarily identify underage suspects unless they face adult charges.

The records don’t list an attorney for Harris and attempts to people believed to be his family members were not immediately successful. A court hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m.

The document says officers responding to the scene found Caprio suffering from traumatic injuries in the roadway.

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