PERRY HALL, MD — Officer Amy Caprio was given the Officer of the Month Award for May, police reported this week. The honor is given to an officer within the Parkville precinct who demonstrates outstanding work.
Caprio, 29, had been responding to a call about a suspicious condition on Linwen Way at 1:58 p.m. on May 21 when she died in the line of duty. As she responded to the call, authorities said she learned a black Jeep was the suspect vehicle and four suspects may be in the area committing a burglary.
Police said Caprio recognized a possibly dangerous situation and called for clearance of radio transmissions as she approached the stolen Jeep. When the driver refused to get out after she ordered him to do so, police said Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, instead drove toward Caprio, who was standing in front of her patrol car.
Police said that Caprio’s work led to charges in her own murder and helped investigators close six burglaries:
- 1st Degree Burglary on Linwen Way on May 21
- 1st Degree Burglary on Northwind Road on May 21
- 4th Degree Burglary on Ardmore Avenue on May 21
- 1st Degree Burglary on Hevesy Court on May 18
- 1st Degree Burglary on Graveswood Court on May 18
- 1st Degree Burglary on Old Oak Road on May 15