Teen admits to murdering Baltimore County officer during burglary; 3 other teens arrested

Dawnta Anthony Harris (left) and Amy Caprio (right). (Photos, Baltimore County Police)

Four teen suspects, including a 16-year-old boy charged with murder, have been arrested after a Baltimore County Police officer was killed during a burglary Monday afternoon in a residential neighborhood in Perry Hall.

Baltimore Police confirmed 16-year-old Dawnta Harris was arrested Monday not long after Officer Amy Caprio was killed. Harris has admitted to running Caprio over with a Jeep and is being charged as an adult, according to charging documents.

Caprio was responding to a suspicious vehicle first reported at 2 p.m. in the unit block of Linwen Way, in the area of Belair Road and Klausmier Road, police said.

The documents say Harris was waiting in a Jeep Wrangler while the three other suspects were involved in the burglary. Harris says he drove off when he saw Caprio coming and she followed him to a cul-de-sac near Linwen Way.

Harris says in the charging documents that Caprio got out of her vehicle and told him to get out of the Jeep. Harris then says he drove at Caprio and struck her with the vehicle.

Damage was found on a patio door at one of the homes nearby.

Witnesses say they heard gunshots in the area. Harris says he abandoned the Jeep on Dawnvale Road where it was later recovered by police.

The three other teens were arrested after a manhunt, police announced Tuesday. Police say the group was involved in multiple burglaries in the area.

Police spokesperson Cpl. Shawn Vincent said Caprio was taken to Franklin Square Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m. She had been with the police department for nearly four years.

Police told ABC7's Brad Bell that Caprio was wearing a body camera and that footage is being analyzed.

Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland State Police assisted Baltimore County Police in the search for the suspects. Harris is being held without bond.

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