Governor: Baltimore County police officer shot and killed

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A Baltimore County police officer has died after she was shot Monday afternoon while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in suburban Perry Hall, according to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

The policeman, who is yet to be named, was gunned down while investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Authorities say a Baltimore County police officer who was fatally injured while investigating a suspicious vehicle had been on the force for nearly four years.

He says police from several agencies backed by federal law enforcement are widely searching the area for "multiple suspects" who are possibly armed.

The officer was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore where she was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m.

"Our prayers go out to this fearless officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community", a portion of Gov. Hogan's tweet said.

She is the tenth Baltimore County officer to die in the line of duty, and the department's first female officer to die in the line of duty.

Sheridan said the officer was wearing an activated body camera that investigators are examining.

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A witness described a chaotic ordeal to WBAL-TV, saying the officer drew her gun after pulling over the vehicle, after which the auto accelerated, a gunshot rang out and the driver ran over the officer.

"What exactly happened we are not sure yet until an autopsy is performed", Vinson said at a press conference Monday. She was directed out of the area by police, but was concerned about her children who were home at the time of the shooting.

A little more than an hour after the incident, police posted on social media that they were searching for an armed suspect.

Marks also said schools nearby were locked down. "You could just tell it wasn't good", Kurek said. It's a quiet community.

Students at three local elementary schools were not being dismissed but were instead being held over on alert status because of police activity. "Our prayers go out to this courageous officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community", in response to the tragedy.

The officer would have been a four-year veteran in July. Parents were told to contact school administrators for further instructions.

Authorities were advising motorists to avoid the area and residents to shelter in place while the hunt for the suspect continued.