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Four charged, identified in killing of Baltimore County, Maryland police officer

Four charged, identified in killing of Baltimore County, Maryland police officer




Three more teenage boys have been charged in Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio’s death Monday.


Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15; Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16; and Eugene Robert Genuis IV, 17, all of Baltimore, were each charged with first-degree murder in Caprio’s killing, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger confirmed. All three were charged as adults, and also face first-degree burglary charges.

None of the teens had an attorney listed in court records. They are scheduled for a bail review hearing at 1 p.m. today.

Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, was also charged with first-degree murder in Caprio’s death this week. The other three teens eluded a massive manhunt Monday afternoon and evening but were arrested later at their homes.

Caprio, who would have celebrated her four-year anniversary with the Baltimore County Police Department in July, died Monday afternoon when she was called to investigate a suspicious Jeep on Linwen Way in Perry Hall. A 911 caller reported three people left the Jeep and had broken into a home, according to charging documents.

Police said Caprio came upon the Jeep and pursued the teen driver, whom they identified as Harris, down the cul-de-sac. She got out of her patrol car, drew her gun and ordered Harris out, police said. Harris ran over Caprio as she opened fire, according to police.

Harris faces life in prison and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month in Baltimore County District Court.

During an interview at police headquarters, Harris identified Genius, Matthews and Ward as the three suspects commiting the burglary at 3 Linwen Way as Harris waited in the Jeep, according to charging documents. They entered the home after shattering a rear sliding door and stole “numerous items,” the documents said.

Genius, Matthews and Ward were arrested Tuesday and transported to Baltimore County Police headquarters, according to charging documents.

During interviews at police headquarters, Matthews and Ward admitted to committing the burglary, according to charging documents. Genius initially declined to give a statement, but later objected to being charged with murder and said he was in the house when the murder occurred, according to the documents. Genius said he only knew two of the others involved, not all three, according to charding documents.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article

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