Witness describes frantic effort to save slain Maryland officer

Associated Press

TOWSON, Md. — Police swarmed into a neighborhood where a Baltimore County officer was fatally shot Monday, searching for at least one armed suspect.

A witness told a local television station that one of his sons saw the officer with her gun drawn, trying to pull over a Jeep, when the vehicle accelerated. Gunshots were heard and the Jeep ran over the officer, Tony Kurek told WBAL-TV.

Kurek said his other son, who is a volunteer firefighter, then performed CPR on her while they called 911.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed the death, saying “we’re deeply saddened” that the “brave officer” was shot in the line of duty.

Kurek said he saw the officer bleeding from the back of her head. Arriving paramedics rushed her to the hospital.

“The paramedics worked on her frantically. You could just tell it wasn’t good,” Kurke said. “They did everything to get her out of here ASAP.”

He said police later swarmed into the neighborhood, but he said “behind every house there’s woods.”

Police spokeswoman Julia Hardgrove said it happened on Linwen Way in the community of Perry Hall. Authorities were advising motorists to avoid the area and residents to shelter in place while the hunt for the suspect continued.

Students at three local elementary schools were not being dismissed but were instead being held over on alert status because of police activity. Parents were told to contact school administrators for further instructions.


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