May 22, 2018, 3:27 PM ET

16-year-old boy judge called 'one-man crime wave' accused of fatally hitting Baltimore County cop with car

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A 16-year-old boy -- whom a judge called a "one-man crime wave” -- is in custody after being accused of first-degree murder for allegedly hitting a Baltimore County police officer with a car, according to charging documents.

Three other suspects -- all teenage boys -- were also taken into custody in connection with the Monday killing of officer Amy Caprio, police said.

PHOTO: Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio was hit by a car and killed in the line of duty, May 21, 2018.Baltimore County Police & Fire
Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio was hit by a car and killed in the line of duty, May 21, 2018.

The incident began as the teen sat in a Jeep Wrangler while the three other suspects burglarized a Baltimore County home, according to the documents.

Caprio responded and the teen, Dwanta Anthony Harris, fled down the street, according to the documents.

PHOTO: The scene where a Baltimore County Police officer was shot and killed, May 21, 2018. WMAR
The scene where a Baltimore County Police officer was shot and killed, May 21, 2018.

The officer followed the teen down the cul de sac, drew her weapon and gave commands, the state’s attorney said in court today. The teen then opened the door of the Jeep, looked out, then shut the door, ducked down and drove directly into the officer, said the state’s attorney, citing body camera footage.

Someone saw the Jeep Wrangler drive directly at Caprio, striking her and then fleeing the area, according to the documents.

PHOTO: Tactical police stage in a Safeway parking lot on Belair Road near Chapel Road in response to the death of a Baltimore County police officer in Perry Hall, Md., May 21, 2018.Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP
Tactical police stage in a Safeway parking lot on Belair Road near Chapel Road in response to the death of a Baltimore County police officer in Perry Hall, Md., May 21, 2018.

PHOTO: An emergency vehicle passes a roadblock near a scene, May 21, 2018, in Perry Hall, Md.Patrick Semansky/AP
An emergency vehicle passes a roadblock near a scene, May 21, 2018, in Perry Hall, Md.

The officer was able to fire her weapon, the prosecutor said. The suspect then drove another block, got out of the car and tried to leave the area, the prosecutor said, but was caught nearby.

Caprio suffered "traumatic injuries" and was later pronounced dead, according to the documents.

She would have been a four-year veteran of the department this July, police said.

Caprio was a "smart, athletic, energetic" officer who was "starting to show she had all the potential to be an excellent officer" as well as a leader, police said today.

Instead, her potential was "snuffed out" in a "senseless act," police said.

PHOTO: A makeshift memorial of bouquets is left at the entry of a Perry Hall, Md., on May 22, 2018.David McFadden/AP
A makeshift memorial of bouquets is left at the entry of a Perry Hall, Md., on May 22, 2018.

Harris, who was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, made an initial appearance in county court today, where he was ordered to be held at an adult detention facility.

The courtroom was filled with police officers in support and mourning of their fallen colleague.

Once in custody Harris “admitted to participating in the crime,” the state’s attorney said in court today.

PHOTO: Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, of Baltimore, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Baltimore County Police on May 22, 2018.Baltimore County Police
Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, of Baltimore, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Baltimore County Police on May 22, 2018.

During his police interview, Harris had the keys to the Jeep in his pocket and during a break, he hid them under the seat. Officers later found the keys, the attorney added.

Harris' public defender asked that his client be placed in a secure juvenile facility.

The attorney said when at home Harris would help with chores and helped his sister.

Harris' attorney added that he was in ninth grade, but his “ability to pass [ninth] grade had eroded to some extent.”

But Judge Sally Chester said that Harris was a “one-man crime wave” over the past six months and that there was “no way under the circumstances” that he could be released from custody or placed in a juvenile facility, saying she wasn’t “sure any juvenile facility is secure enough” to hold him.

Chester said the teenager had committed at least four auto thefts spanning from 2015 to this year.

Harris had been put on house arrest at his mother's Baltimore home in April, according to prosecutors.

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  • 1simpatica

    Once again, GMA has unequivocally shown, just how biased their opinion and their reporting truly is. Here you have a black teenager brutally murdering a white female police officer by intentionally running her down with a vehicle. They gave this report barely, and I mean barely, a few seconds of their GMA reporting news. Yet when they reported on those two young black men who were arrested at that infamous Starbucks for refusing to leave, they not only reported on this for days on end, but they even had those two black young men on GMA! Clearly GMA did NOT feel the news about that white female Police Officer suffering a violent death at the hands of that black teenager was worthy of any more than a few seconds of their reporting! SHAME ON YOU, GMA, SHAME ON YOU!!! Your prejudice is, unambiguously, OVER THE TOP!!! My thoughts and Prayers are with that Police Officer's family.

  • Allen Jacobs

    I’m sure he was a real altar boy.

  • 1simpatica

    Once again, GMA has unequivocally shown, just how biased their opinion and their reporting truly is. Here you have a black teenager brutally murdering a white female police officer by intentionally running her down with a vehicle. They gave this report barely, and I mean barely, a few seconds of their GMA reporting news. Yet when they reported on those two young black men who were arrested at that infamous Starbucks for refusing to leave, they not only reported on this for days on end, but they even had those two black young men on GMA! Clearly GMA did NOT feel the news about that white female Police Officer suffering a violent death at the hands of that black teenager was worthy of any more than a few seconds of their reporting! SHAME ON YOU, GMA, SHAME ON YOU!!! Your prejudice is, unambiguously, OVER THE TOP!!! My thoughts and Prayers are with that Police Officer's family.

  • Mic123

    So another case of a young person solving their problem with violence. When are we going to wake up and start addressing the problem? How was this kid raised? how/where did he get the gun? Why did he think he could solve his problems with crime and violence?

    With all the talk about more stick gun laws, what law would have stopped this? Ans. Nothing except a different way to raise kids. I hope they never let him nor his friends out of jail.

  • E Sverdrup

    Killing a police officer should be an automatic death penalty.

  • Joe Mac Pherson

    16 years old, and his life is finished. Regardless of how long he actually lives, he's thrown his future away. As punishment, my strong guess is, the death penalty or life imprisonment, with absolutely zero chance of parole. From now on, with every long, relentless day, week, month, year, decade of his incarcerated life, he'll wish he was dead. AND, when he does die, he's going to face a far worse, permanent punishment.

  • Byteme

    3 in the head and you know he’s dead, problem solved.

  • Going Strong

    Adult crime, adult time.
    Vermin!

  • YouMayBanMeButYouCan'tBanIdeas

    A career in law enforcement ends, while a career in crime begins. We seem to be seeing a lot more of this nowadays under Trump.

  • TriangleTeaParty

    Boy? This guy is a young man and now a cop killer!

  • Tracy Fryburger

    Why is no one appalled by 4 blacks under 16 killing a white female police officer?

  • geoh777

    The wheels are now set in motion that ultimately will lead to decisions concerning his release back onto the public. (referring to plea deals, sentencing, parole, etc.)

    Dewantay doesn't need a gun. He just uses a car. Maybe yours next time?

  • MickC

    I hope no one decides to sue the Baltimore City Police Department or the fallen Officer's family because she fired a shot in defense. We've reached a point where the police can not be treated fairly in the media when such an absurd thing occurs: in nearby Washington, D.C., policemen were persecuted and threatened a couple years ago for RETURNING fire and the media said nothing in the policemen's favor!

  • gs12

    Execute it.

  • Lilium Inter Spinas

    Be careful about overcharging just because you're angry - remember what happened with Casey Anthony!

  • 0bsoleteMan

    The perp is likely another "graduate" of Baltimore City's rather lenient court system.

  • JCNH

    Book’em Danno

  • Edward White

    How frightening to be a police officer.
    You must walk up to a car, wondering with every step if the occupant is going to shoot you dead.

    And yet, the police are condemned for almost every precaution they take to protect themselves.

  • mv75

    "Harris' public defender asked that his client be placed in a secure juvenile facility. The attorney said when at home Harris would help with chores and helped his sister."

    Oh well why didn't they say that in the first place? Does chores and helped his sister? That makes all the difference in the world. By all means, let's make this easier on the poor lad! Give me a break. He ran down a police officer on purpose. Throw the book at him.

  • FasterBadger

    "ability to pass [ninth] grade had eroded to some extent."