Police swarm Perry Hall, suspects remain at large
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore County police were on a manhunt Monday afternoon after an officer was killed while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle on a cul-de-sac off of Perry Hall's Belair Road.
"At least one" suspect remained on the loose after theincident, at 2 p.m. on Linwen Way, confirmed Baltimore County police spokesperson Shawn Vinson.
The suspect vehicle, a dark Jeep, was recovered shortly after on nearby Dawnvale Road.
Four elementary schools in the area were locked down - on "alert status" - with no one allowed to enter or exit: Perry Hall, Seven Oaks, Carney and Gunpowder.
The schools didn't allow parents to pick up their students until shortly after 7:30 p.m.
Officers in tactical gear were seen walking around wooded areas with rifles drawn.
Governor Larry Hogan confirmed the officer's death via twitter. Hogan says "we're deeply saddened" that the "brave officer" was shot in the line of duty.
The officer, reportedly a female was rushed to Franklin Square hospital where she was listed in critical condition.
At 2:00 pm Baltimore County Police say they received a call for a suspicious vehicle in the unit-block of Linwen Way.
They would only confirm that an officer was injured during an incident and taken to an area hospital.
Residents in the area of Belair Rd and Klausmeier Rd are being told to shelter in place.
Motorists are being told to avoid areas of Belair Rd.
A Baltimore County Councilman tweeted that the officer was shot while investigating suspicious activity.
Police are continuing to search for at least one armed suspect.
Sources tell FOX45 the police officer has been on the force for less than 5 years.
FOX45's John Rydell is on scene at Franklin Square Hospital awaiting a media briefing.
Police have not yet confirmed the officer's death.
Police tell parents not to attempt to respond to the school, instead they should call administrators for further instructions.
"It is a sad day in Baltimore County as we mourn the loss of a police officer who died in the line of duty," said acting Baltimore County Executive Fred Homan in a statement. "We share our sorrow with her family and her extended family, the women and men who put their lives on the line every day to keep our County safe."
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