Delays expected during Officer Caprio's funeral procession

Maryland Department of Transportation

JOPPA, Md. (WBFF) -- The Maryland Department of Transportation is warning motorists to expect delays on Friday for the funeral procession of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio.

The procession will leave from Mountain Christian Church in Joppa at around 11:30 a.m. and will head to Delaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Motorists should expect delays and rolling closures on southbound I-95 from Mountain Road to the beltway, the outer loop of 695 and northbound 83.

Officer Caprio’s viewing was held Thursday at Schimunek Funeral Home in Nottingham. Hundreds of officers and community members from all over the state gathered along Belair Road to show their support.

Police say Officer Caprio was killed when she responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle and suspicious people walking around houses on Linwen Way in Perry Hall. Police say Officer Caprio confronted a jeep in the cul-de-sac when the suspect, later identified as Dawnta Harris, accelerated toward her, striking her. The medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide from “multiple trauma to the head and torso.”

Police say Harris admitted to driving towards Officer Caprio.

Harris is charged with first degree murder, along with 15-year-old Darrell Ward, 17-year-old Eugene Genius and 16-year-old Derrick Matthews. Ward, Genius and Matthews are also charged with burglary.

Officer Caprio would have been a four year veteran of the police department in July. She is survived by her husband and her dog, Doodle. Police say she loved the outdoors, mountain biking and kayaking with her husband. Officer Caprio graduated from Towson University in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Scienc

"It was an honor to be her supervisor. I can personally say that she had a work ethic like no other. She truly loved being a police officer and helping others - this was her passion and definitely her calling," Officer Caprio's supervisor, Lieutenant Chemelli, said. "She made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that she loved. She will be greatly missed by our shift and will forever be our hero."

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