3 other teens also charged with murder in death of Baltimore County officer

Derrick Matthews (left), Darrell Ward (center) and Eugene Genius (right). (Photo, Baltimore County Police)

PERRY HILL, Md. (WJLA) - Three other teens have been charged with murder after a Baltimore County Police officer was killed during a burglary Monday afternoon in a residential neighborhood in Perry Hall.

Derrick Matthews, Darrell Ward and Eugene Genius have all been charged with First Degree Murder after Officer Amy Caprio died because she was run over by a Jeep while responding to the incident in the unit block of Linwen Way, in the area of Belair Road and Klausmier Road.

16-year-old Dawnta Harris was arrested Monday, charged with murder and admitted to running Caprio over while Matthews, Ward and Genius were burglarizing the home.

Charging documents say Harris was waiting in a Jeep Wrangler while the three other suspects were involved in the burglary. Harris says he drove off when he saw Caprio coming and she followed him to a cul-de-sac near Linwen Way.

Harris says in the charging documents that Caprio got out of her vehicle and told him to get out of the Jeep. Harris then says he drove at Caprio and struck her with the Jeep.

Damage was found on a patio door at one of the homes nearby.

Witnesses say they heard gunshots in the area and WJLA's Brad Bell reported that Caprio fired a single shot during the encounter. Harris says he abandoned the Jeep on Dawnvale Road where it was later recovered by police.

Matthews, Ward and Genius were arrested after a manhunt, police announced Tuesday. Authorities say the group was involved in multiple burglaries in the area. It was revealed in court that Harris was on a three-month crime spree of autothefts and burglaries. A judge called him a "one man crime wave."

Police spokesperson Cpl. Shawn Vincent said Caprio was taken to Franklin Square Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m. She had been with the police department for nearly four years.

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