Baltimore County police officer shot, killed in line of duty

Gunman shoots dead police officer putting schools on high alert

Authorities asked residents in the area of Belair Road and Klausmier Road to shelter in place due to incident.

A little more than an hour after the incident, police posted on social media that they were searching for an armed suspect.

The suspect's Jeep was later found ditched on a road, according to Vinson.

There's no information about the suspect, who remains on the run. The officers who have died at the hands of gunshots is up.

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The officer would have been a 4-year veteran of the police department in July, according to police. He would only say that the officer was critically injured when she confronted multiple suspects just before 2 p.m.in a residential area. She was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m.

At a gas station located at a cordoned-off intersection, some residents gathered to watch three helicopters of TV news crews buzzing overhead, Ab unmarked vehicle with law enforcers, including one officer cradling a rifle in the back seat, drove past and was waved through by police manning the intersection.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan originally confirmed the death of the officer who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle.

The suspects, considered armed and unsafe, were still at large Monday evening and police were combing the Baltimore suburb of Perry Hall, where three elementary schools were under lockdown, said Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan. Our prayers go out to this fearless officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community, ' he wrote Monday afternoon. "We're seeing something in this country today that we've never seen before". Vinson said the patio door of a home at the scene showed some damage, suggesting a burglary was in progress. "Our prayers go out to this fearless officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community".

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"We are confident that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to justice", said Julian Jones, chair of the Baltimore County Council.

Gunpowder, Perry Hall, Seven Oaks Carney elementary schools were placed on alert status.

Vinson advised parents to contact school administrators for instructions on how to pick up their children. It is meant to secure access to the building. Students who were at Perry Hall High and Perry Hall Middle schools for after-school activities are safe.

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