Instead of washing up, getting homework done, and filling their bellies parents were left waiting and watching for hours.
As the streets filled up with police their minds filled with worry.
A four year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department was killed in their neighborhood and at least one armed and dangerous suspect is on the loose.
After a twelve-hour day at school, the Place family could finally walk home—together.
“At first we thought, okay whatever, maybe we’ll stay another 20 minutes and then it goes to 4 o’clock 5, 6 everybody’s like I want to go home. I wonder what my parents are thinking everybody’s like scared,” said Kylie Smith, a Gunpowder Elementary School student.
A Baltimore County Police Officer killed in their neighborhood— three schools put on alert.
“It was terrible I wanted to just go there and pull them out, but they said nobody could go in. I just wanted to hug them and tell them everything is okay,” said Heather Place, mother of a student.
The female officer responding to a suspicious vehicle was critically injured after a confrontation with someone in a black Jeep.
She was just 2 months away from celebrating her fourth year with the department.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died.
That set off a massive manhunt across Perry Hall.
“The only thing you saw going by were police cars unmarked and marked,” said Jeanine, Grandmother.
Police say the first call was for a robbery in progress.
While police covered the area—parents got pictures like these of their students waiting out the danger.
“That made me feel a lot better, knowing that I could see them smiling and coloring and being a kindergartner you know,” said a parent.
An enclave of first responders left the hospital.
A loss for the entire county, while the people they serve are thankful for the sacrifice they make.
“If there was none in there it was just kind of more scary then it even was in the first place. It was still scary but it’s better to know there’s police officers walking around. They could protect you and it’s not as bad .
Police haven’t said if the officer was shot or run over and say they won’t until they perform an autopsy.