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Officer-involved shooting in Parkville

Officer taken to Shock Trauma after being shot
Posted at 2:22 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 08:20:00-04

PARKVILLE, Md. — A Baltimore County Police officer is being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore after being shot following a police-involved shooting Thursday afternoon in Parkville.

Officers were called to a home at 3006 Linwood Avenue for reports of a person with a gun, Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan and Baltimore County Police spokesperson Jen Peach confirmed in separate media addresses.

Operators with 911 attempted to call back the person who made the initial call but did not get through to anyone, Peach said.

Peach did not say if responding officers were welcomed into the home or had to force their entry. Sheridan said four officers responded to the house.

Once inside the home, police looked for the homeowner, Peach said, but instead the officers were "confronted by a man with a firearm," Sheridan said from the sidewalk in front of Shock Trauma. "He fired multiple rounds at our police officers, who returned fire. We had one police officer who was shot. That officer is here being treated, hopefully for a wound that will be able to let the officer go back to work."

The officer was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma via ground transport and is currently in surgery. Police officials would not confirm the injured officers age, name, or years with the force.

WMAR-2 News has learned that the officer shot is a woman.

Officials from the Sarasota Police Department say the officer is the daughter of their Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, who was also the former Police Chief of Ocean City, Maryland. They say Chief DiPino is in Maryland with her daughter and family as she undergoes surgery.

Baltimore County Police officials would not confirm the injured officers age, name, or years with the force.

"The officer was alert, conscious, vital signs were good, and that's all positives for us," Sheridan said of the condition of the officer when arriving at Shock Trauma.

Police said an adult male was located inside the house. He was discovered dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Police did not confirm if he was killed when police returned fire, or if he was the homeowner or the person who called 911 originally. Police are investigating his death as well as the shooting of the officer.

"Our understanding is that everything happened inside the home," Peach said. "We don't think anyone outside the home in the neighborhood was in danger."

Sheridan said the officer who was shot worked out of the same Parkville precinct as Officer Amy Caprio, who was struck and killed by a stolen Jeep driven by a teenage driver as she investigated burglaries in Perry Hall nearly a year ago. Wednesday, Dawnta Harris, the then 16-year-old driver of the Jeep, was convicted of first-degree felony murder charges in Caprio's death.

“Here we are one year later from the unfortunate incident involving Officer Caprio and it is a tragic reminder of what our law enforcement community has to face day in and day out," Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said from outside of Shock Trauma. "We are praying for our officer who is in surgery we ask that all of the residents of the county and region stay joining us in those prayers and we look forward to updating you all as we learn more."

A “heavy response” responded to the 3000 block of Linwood Avenue in Parkville, closing two nearby roads, Old Harford Road and Taylor Avenue, following reports of the shooting.

This story will be updated.