Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Police officer shot in Maryland has died

Police officer shot in Maryland has died

The suspects, considered armed and risky, were still at large Monday evening and police were combing the Baltimore suburb of Perry Hall, where three elementary schools were under lockdown, said Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan.

"We're seeing police officers assaulted", he said, adding that the number of officers dying in the line of duty and by gunshots has risen.

Authorities say a Baltimore County police officer who was fatally injured while investigating a suspicious vehicle had been on the force for nearly four years.

"The suspect who committed this awful crime remains at large, and [Maryland State Police] are assisting Baltimore County Police in their search", Hogan said.

A police spokesperson said the female officer, a 3-year veteran of the police force, had been investigating a suspicious vehicle on Linwen Way in the community of Perry Hall before 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Vinson says officers recovered the suspects' Jeep, found ditched on a road. She was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where she died.

A police officer was shot in Baltimore today (May 21) at around 2pm EST.

The witnesses described seeing the badly injured officer on the ground as several residents tried to keep her alive, but she was subsequently declared dead at a hospital.

"What exactly happened we are not sure yet until an autopsy is performed", Vinson says. She was directed out of the area by police, but was concerned about her children who were home at the time of the shooting. "It's just so sad", Amendt said.

Tony Kurek told The Associated Press his adult son was outside in the family's yard Monday afternoon in the northeast Baltimore County community of Perry Hall when the son saw the officer with her gun drawn, confronting the occupants of a Jeep.

A Baltimore County police officer died Monday after responding to an incident, marking the 10th officer killed in the department's almost 150-year history. It's a quiet community.

Heavily armed officers with a trained canine also could be seen walking through backyards amid the search.

Students at three local elementary schools were not being dismissed but were instead being held over on alert status because of police activity.

Vinson said at a later news conference that the search for a suspect or suspects will continue into the night. Parents were told to contact school administrators for further instructions.

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