On May 21, 2018, Officer Amy Caprio responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Perry Hall area of the Parkville Precinct. A second call confirmed that a home was being burglarized by four suspects associated with the suspicious vehicle, which was later determined to be a stolen Jeep Wrangler.
Officer Caprio arrived in the area and located the suspicious vehicle. She then followed the vehicle into a cul-de-sac where the suspect turned his vehicle to face Officer Caprio’s patrol car. She exited her vehicle, with her weapon drawn, and ordered the suspect out of his vehicle. The suspect opened the driver’s door of the Jeep as though he was complying with Officer Caprio’s order.
When Officer Caprio approached the suspect, he immediately retreated into the Jeep and accelerated toward her. To stop the vehicle, Officer Caprio fired one shot into it; however, the suspect ducked down behind the dashboard and continued accelerating toward Officer Caprio, fatally striking her. The suspect then fled the scene, and it was later determined that three other suspects were actively burglarizing a house while the driver who struck Officer Caprio remained in the getaway vehicle. All four suspect were subsequently arrested and charged.
Officer Caprio sustained critical injuries and was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.
Officer Caprio acted courageously and decisively as she attempted to arrest the suspect. She was killed in the line of duty while serving to protect the citizens in the surrounding community.