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It is with heavy hearts that the Baltimore County Police Department confirms the first female line-of-duty death in the Department's 144-year history.

She is identified as Police Officer First Class A. Sorrells Caprio #5785 of Precinct 8 - Parkville, a nearly 4-year-veteran of the Department.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident that killed Officer Caprio yesterday afternoon:

  • Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) of the 1600 block of Vincent Court, 21217 is charged with 1st Degree Murder and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
  • SUSPECT 2 - 17-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending
  • SUSPECT 3 - 16-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending
  • SUSPECT 4 - 15-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending

The Call for Service

Officer Caprio was the primary officer responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle with multiple suspicious subjects walking around homes in the unit block of Linwen Way in Nottingham, 21236 at 1:58 p.m. A neighbor called 9-1-1 adding that the subjects had broken into a home and that a black Jeep Wrangler appeared to be involved.

Officer Caprio arrived in the area and located the black Jeep Wrangler, following it to the cul-de-sac at the end of Linwen Way. She exited her vehicle and ordered the driver, identified later as Dawnta Harris, to exit the Jeep. Harris began to exit the Jeep, then got back in and quickly accelerated, driving toward and striking Officer Caprio. Neighbors called 9-1-1 reporting that the officer had been struck by a vehicle and may have been shot. One neighbor, a paramedic, ran to the officer's aid to begin life-saving efforts. Baltimore County Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene to aid Officer Caprio, who was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with traumatic injuries. She was pronounced deceased at 2:50 p.m. on May 21, 2018. The preliminary results from an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this morning indicate the cause and manner of death to be homicide by traumatic injuries incurred as a result of being struck by the suspect vehicle. No evidence of a gunshot wound was found.

The Search for Suspects

Harris fled in the Jeep, which was soon reported to have been abandoned in the 9500 block of Dawnvale Road nearby. A description of the fleeing driver was broadcast to officers, who converged on the area. The abandoned Jeep was located, found with a bullet hole in the front windshield. A subject matching the description of the driver was located approximately a block away from the Jeep. After further investigation the subject was identified as the driver who struck Officer Caprio with the Jeep, Dawnta Harris, and arrested. Detectives have confirmed that the bullet hole in the windshield of the Jeep was caused when Officer Caprio fired her service weapon at the driver just before being struck by the Jeep. The Jeep is determined to have been stolen out of Baltimore City, as well as having a stolen tag belonging to another vehicle attached at the rear.

Police began a coordinated effort to surround and search the neighborhoods and wooded areas nearby looking for the additional three suspects. Numerous patrol and support unit officers from the Parkville and White Marsh Precincts responded, as well our Tactical team, K-9 teams, and air support. Additionally, other agencies responded and assisted, including Baltimore City Police, Maryland State Police, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (US Department of Justice, ATF), and Homeland Security. Belair Road remained closed between Forge and Ebenezer roads, along with a number of area neighborhood roads, for an extensive period of time. Residents were asked to shelter in place when an additional 9-1-1 call for an armed subject was received in the 9400 block of Belair Road. Four elementary schools were also placed on alert status, delaying dismissal for hours, as officers continued to investigate and search the area. The armed man was eventually located and determined to be a frightened resident, who was released.

Investigative efforts throughout the night led detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit to two separate locations in Baltimore City where the remaining three suspects were believed to be sheltering. All three suspects were located and arrested in the early morning hours and are awaiting formal charges and bail hearings.

Officer Caprio

Academy graduation photo of Officer CaprioOfficer Caprio was a 29-year-old woman who loved her family, her husband, and her dog, Doodle. She loved the outdoors, mountain biking on the new bike she recently bought, and kayaking with her husband. She was a dog lover, making sure to have a leash and dog treats on hand when she went out on patrol - just in case. She and her husband were scheduled to begin a week of vacation this weekend to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and both of their upcoming birthdays.

Officer Caprio graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science in 2010 with the intention of becoming a physical therapist, but found her true passion became police work. She graduated from the Baltimore County Police Department's Police Academy on December 23, 2014 as a member of our 140th recruit class. Officer Caprio's supervisor, Lieutenant Chemelli, stated today, "It was an honor to be her supervisor. I can personally say that she had a work ethic like no other. She truly loved being a police officer and helping others - this was her passion and definitely her calling. She made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that she loved. She will be greatly missed by our shift and will forever be our hero." A sentiment resonating with all of her police family today.

Booking photo of Dawnta Anthony Harris:

Detectives of the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit have arrested and charged Shawn Franklin Radomski, Jr. (17) and his uncle, William Frederick Rose, III (45), both of the 7900 block of Lansdale Rd, 21224, in connection with the stabbing death of Christopher Trotter on Friday night.

Detectives learned that Radomski and Rose engaged in a verbal argument with the victim at a grocery store near the Flagship Movie Theater in the 7900 block of Eastern Avenue. The victim left with his groceries but was followed by Radomski and Rose into the movie theater where they continued the argument. Security at the theater removed Radomski and Rose, but when the victim left to walk home with his groceries, Radomski and Rose, along with a group of friends, followed him as he crossed the theater parking lot, assaulting and stabbing him multiple times before fleeing.

The victim, Christopher Dale Trotter (33) of the 7900 block of Eastdale Road, 21224, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Both Radomski and Rose are charged with 1st Degree Murder, Radomski being charged as an adult, and both continue to be held on no bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

With the 22nd anniversary of her death, Baltimore County Police continue to seek the public’s assistance in solving the murder of Joann “Jody” Elizabeth LeCornu, the twin sister of Jennifer LeCornu Carrieri.

Just before 4:00 a.m. on March 2, 1996, police were called to the 6300-block of York Road, 21212, for a shooting. Officers found Jody LeCornu, 23, inside her car suffering from a gunshot wound. The subsequent investigation determined that she was shot in the back while seated inside her car on the lot of the Drumcastle Shopping Center in the 6300-block of York Road, 21212. After being shot, LeCornu drove her car onto York Road and then onto the lot of the York Road Plaza. Witnesses gave information about a male suspect. The suspect followed LeCornu’s car into the lot of the Plaza and then removed an unknown item from inside Jody’s car. The man then drove away southbound on York Road in a white BMW. He was described as a black male with a stocky build and wearing a drab or green-colored army style coat.

                                        Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 

       

  

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017