Hunt continues overnight for shooter in death of Baltimore Co. officer

Officials guard a roadblock near a scene where a Baltimore County police officer died while investigating a suspicious vehicle in Perry Hall, Md.

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say the search for a suspects or suspects in the death of a veteran female officer will continue through the night hours.

Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said at a news briefing Monday evening that canine units and aviation units are part of the extensive manhunt that is continuing in and around a suburban Baltimore community where the office was fatally injured. The police spokesman said, “The dark will not hamper our investigation.”

Witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep Monday afternoon. The officer, who wasn’t immediately identified, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Vinson says officers recovered the suspects’ Jeep, found ditched on a road. He wouldn’t say if the vehicle might have been used to injure the officer, only that it was involved in the overall crime.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed the death of the officer who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle.

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. Investigators found damage to the patio door of a house in the neighborhood.

“It does appear that this may have been a burglary in progress,” said Corporal Shawn Vinson with Baltimore County Police.

There are multiple suspects and at least one is believed to be armed, according to Baltimore County authorities.

The officer was wearing a body camera, said Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan.

“Every piece of evidence that we’re getting access to will help us solve this case,” he said.

Across the country, Sheridan said, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty has increased.

Authorities were advising motorists to avoid the area and residents to shelter in place while the hunt for the suspect continued.

“We are confident that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to justice,” said Julian Jones, chair of the Baltimore County Council.

Students at three local elementary schools were held over on alert status for the entire afternoon because of police activity. At about 6:30 p.m., parents were told to pick up their children, who had been served dinner. Evening activities at Perry Hall’s middle and high schools were canceled.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo and Rob Woodfork contributed to this story.

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