A manhunt was under way on Tuesday by heavily armed Maryland police officers with dogs for three people suspected of killing a police officer during a suspected burglary, officials said.
The female officer, who was not identified, was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a Baltimore suburb on Monday when she confronted suspects who attempted to flee in a vehicle. That sparked a violent altercation that left the four-year-veteran of the force critically injured.
The Baltimore County officer later died of her injuries at a nearby hospital.
Local media reports said the fleeing suspects ran the officer over with a vehicle.
“There were reports on her being run over or being shot or both, but that will not be confirmed until the autopsy is complete,” Baltimore County Police Department spokesman Matt Kuhn said in a phone interview.
Shortly after the altercation, police arrested a 16-year-old male suspected of playing a role in the incident. That suspect is due to appear in court on Tuesday, when he will be charged and identified publicly, police spokesman Shawn Vinson said on Twitter.
“More details to follow throughout the day. Three suspects continue to be sought,” Vinson added.
Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum