A Baltimore County police officer is undergoing surgery at Shock Trauma after being shot in the upper body in Parkville, police said today. A man in a home on Linden Avenue was shot and killed.
Standing outside the hospital this afternoon, Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan told reporters police received a call about 1:37 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun at 3006 Linwood Ave. Four officers were dispatched to the scene and at least one entered the home. The man inside confronted police.
“He fired multiple rounds at our police officers, who returned fire,” Sheridan said.
There were no other people involved in the shooting, Sheridan said. The wounded officer was alert and conscious, and the police chief said the officer’s ital signs were good. The police department in Sarasota, Florida said the officer is the daughter of the chief of police, Bernadette DiPino.
Investigators are still looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Sheridan could not confirm if the man lived at that address.
Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. noted the incident came one year after another officer, Amy Caprio, was killed in the line of duty. Caprio was trying to detain the driver of a Jeep believed to be part of a robbery in Perry Hall, when the driver accelerated and ran her over.
“Here we are, one year later from the unfortunate incident involving Officer Caprio, and it’s a tragic reminder of what our law enforcement community has to face day in and day out,” Olszewski said. “We are praying for our officer in surgery.”
Dawnta Harris, 17, was convicted yesterday on counts of felony murder and first-degree burglary related to Caprio’s death.
Sheridan noted the officer shot today worked in the same precinct as Caprio.
“And unfortunately, I’ve gotten these calls too many times,” he said. “But fortunately we have probably one of the best medical systems in the world, and they take special care of our officers.”
This story will be updated.