Crime, Education, Police/Fire

Officer killed in Perry Hall

News AlertUPDATE 8: All four suspects are now in police custody. The first suspect arrested has been identified as 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris.

UPDATE 7: The fallen officer has been identified – click here for details.

UPDATE 6: One suspect has been arrested. Three others remain at large.

UPDATE 5: Parents of Perry Hall Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, and Gunpowder Elementary students may pick up their students. Administration will oversee dismissal. Only a few parents will be allowed in the school at one time. Additional police will be present and buses will not be taking students home. Parents must pick up their children.

UPDATE 4: Police say the officer was wearing a body camera and the footage is currently being reviewed. Police have not yet confirmed that the injuries the officer sustained were the result of a gunshot wound. There is a possibility that the black Jeep Wrangler the suspects were in ran the officer over. That vehicle was reportedly found abandoned. No information on injuries will be released until an autopsy has been completed.

Residents in the area were still being asked to shelter in place as of 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE 3: Update from Baltimore County Public Schools…

Parents of students who attend Seven Oaks, Gunpowder, and Perry Hall elementary schools have been notified of the following as a result of the active, ongoing situation in the Perry Hall area:

· Schools are still on alert status.
· Children are still in those schools.
· Central office will provide food as needed.
· All teachers are still in the school, supervising students.
· Routine medical needs are being met.

Carney Elementary School students are being released as these students are not located in the catchment area.

The following schools are also on alert status for after-school activities.

· Perry Hall Middle School
· Perry Hall High School

As we receive updated information from the Baltimore County Police Department will be sure to notify you. Your patience and understanding of this situation is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE 2: The deceased female officer would have soon been with the Baltimore County Police Department for four years. She was assigned to the Parkville precinct.

UPDATE: The wounded police officer has died. The suspect is still believed to be on the loose.

Original story below…


Authorities are on the scene of a shooting involving a police officer in Perry Hall.

Reports indicate that an officer was shot in the head at just after 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon while investigating suspicious behavior on Linwen Way (21236), near the intersection of Belair Road at Klausmier Road.

The officer was reportedly critically injured and has been taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

A manhunt is under way. There is a heavy police presence is the area and many roads are closed.

Belair Road has been shut down from Forge Road to Ebenezer Road.

Residents are urged to avoid the area and shelter in place.

Nearby schools have been placed on alert status, including Perry Hall Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, Carney Elementary, and Gunpowder Elementary. Students were still being held at the school as of 5 p.m. on Monday.

Some nearby churches have cancelled evening activities.

This is an active incident.

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