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Manhunt in Maryland for suspects in killing of Baltimore police officer

Travis Fedschun By Travis Fedschun, Benjamin Brown | Fox News

An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs is underway Tuesday in a greater Baltimore suburb after a female officer was killed by four suspects believed to be armed and dangerous, as authorities announced a 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the slaying.

The four-year veteran of the force, who has not yet been named, was responding to a suspicious vehicle call Monday in the community of Perry Hall that Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said may have been the result of a burglary, when she encountered a suspect and was “critically injured.”

Baltimore County Police announced on Twitter a 16-year-old male was arrested shortly after the officer was killed. The name of the suspect and charges will be released after a court hearing.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said at a news conference the fallen officer was wearing body camera, and the footage will be reviewed later as part of the investigation.

He added that that Americans are "seeing something in this country we've never seen before."

"This is a bad time in the United States for law enforcement"

- Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan

"Officers who have died at the hands of gunshots is up," Sheridan said. "This is a bad time in the United States for law enforcement."

A man who said his son witnessed the deadly incident told FOX 45 the officer tried to pull over the Jeep.

After the officer raised her gun at the people in the vehicle, the Jeep accelerated and "ran right over her, and raced out of the neighborhood," Tony Kurek told FOX45.

Logan Kurek, who is a volunteer firefighter, told the Associated Press he heard his younger brother "frantically screaming,” and ran to perform CPR on the officer who was bleeding from her injuries.

Kurek's neighbor, Dahle Amendt, said he had just settled into his recliner for a rest when he heard a woman's voice outside his house.

"I heard, 'Get out of the car!' 'Get out of the car!' Get out of the car!' at least three times, and then a pop," Amendt said.

The officer was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Relatives of the officer have been notified.

Authorities have recovered an abandoned Jeep, but Vinson did not confirm whether it was used to injure the officer.

"What exactly happened, we are not sure yet until an autopsy is performed," Vinson said at a news conference Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the officer fired her weapon in the incident.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted following early reports of the incident to offer prayers to the “brave officer's family.”

Governor Larry Hogan

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County Police Officer after she was shot in the line of duty today. Our prayers go out to this brave officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community.

4:04 PM - May 21, 2018

Investigators urged residents in a sizable swath of Perry Hall to stay hunkered down inside their homes and lock all doors and windows as officers search the community fringed with woodlands.

Three elementary schools were kept on alert status for hours, with students and teachers told to stay in their school buildings as police continued a search for the suspects. But by Monday evening, parents were allowed to come to the schools to pick up their youngsters.

School officials tweeted overnight that all Baltimore County public schools would open on time Tuesday.

"An additional police presence will be on hand at Perry Hall area schools, where additional student support services will be available," school officials said.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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