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'Fearless' Harford sheriff's deputy killed in crash near Darlington

Cpl. Charles B. Licato, 34, also called 'caring, concerned'

From Aegis staff reports

3:38 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

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An on-duty Harford County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a single vehicle accident near Conowingo Dam early Thursday morning, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy was identified as Corporal Charles B. Licato, 34, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office who was assigned to the Apprehension Unit of the Services and Support Bureau.

“We received a call from a citizen at approximately 2:30 a.m. about a single vehicle accident in the 4700 block of Conowingo Road, Route 1,” Monica Worrell, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said.

It has been determined the crash involved a deputy on duty in Harford County at the end of his shift, Worrell said, adding that the Cpl. Licato was pronounced dead at the scene.

Route 1 in Darlington was closed from Shuresville Road to Castleton Road while police investigated the accident.

No further details were immediately available. Worrell said Sheriff Jesse Bane would be meeting with his command staff later Thursday morning and a press briefing would be scheduled.

Cpl. Licato is just the third member of the sheriff's office to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the agency, which dates to 1774.

In November 2006, Deputy First Class William Beebe Jr. was killed when his police cruiser crashed in Abingdon while DFC Beebe was responding to aid other deputies at a suicide call. Subsequent investigation determined DFC Beebe had suffered a fatal heart attack prior to the crash.

The only other death in the line of duty occurred in June 1899 when Deputy Frank Bachman, the son of a former sheriff, died in a shootout in Bel Air with a man he was trying to serve with a warrant for drunk and disorderly contact.

The sheriff's office is Harford's principal law enforcement agency.

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