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MD cop killed responding to possible burglary – Four ‘armed and dangerous’ suspects still at large, officials say

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May 21, 2018

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m. EST – A police officer died Monday while responding to a possible burglary.

Officials have since said there are four possible suspects at large who are believed to be “armed and dangerous.”

It was initially reported the officer was fatally shot. It was later learned that the officer might have been run over by a vehicle based on eyewitness accounts of the incident. It’s unclear whether or not the officer died because of the gunshot, being run over or a combination of both. The police officer has not been identified.

Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said the officer, who has been referred to as a female, was responding to a possible burglary call around 2 p.m. when the incident took place. She was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and died around 2:50 p.m., Vinson said.

“We cannot confirm her injuries right now. We probably won’t know for sure until an autopsy is performed,” Vinson said, KCRA reported.

A Maryland police officer was fatally shot Monday while responding to a call and investigating suspicious activity, and the suspected shooter is armed and still at large, officials said Monday afternoon.

The Baltimore County Police Department “received a call for a suspicious vehicle in the unit-block of Linwen Way, 21136. An officer has been injured and taken to a local hospital. Continue to searching for at least one armed suspect,” Baltimore County Public Safety tweeted Monday.

Area schools would not be released at regular times and are on “alert status” due to increased police activity, BACO Public Safety said.

“Perry Hall Elem, 7 Oaks Elem and Gunpowder Elem are being held over on alert status due to active police activity in the area. These schools WILL NOT be dismissed at this time. DO NOT attempt to respond to the school. Call school administrators for further instructions,” the department tweeted.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted out his condolences Monday.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County Police Officer after she was shot in the line of duty today. Our prayers go out to this brave officer’s family, [Baltimore County Police and Fire] and the Baltimore County community,” he wrote.

There are traffic delays and restrictions in the area as police continue to search for the armed suspect and investigate the incident.

The officer’s identity is not known at this time, nor where the officer was shot.