Black bunting will adorn the three Harford County Sheriff's Office buildings in Bel Air, Edgewood and Jarrettsville as well as patrol cars that will sit in front of the northern and southern precincts.

Harford County Executive David Craig has ordered that all Harford County flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Cpl. Licato until sunset the day of his funeral.

"I am deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely loss of Cpl. Charles Licato of the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Cpl. Licato served the citizens of Harford County and the State of Maryland with pride, integrity and distinction for [14] years as a proud member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office," Craig said in a statement. "My wife Melinda and I extend our condolences to Cpl. Licato's family, friends and co-workers. Harford County lost one of our finest today and we share in mourning the loss of Cpl. Licato with our law enforcement, first responders and public safety community. Cpl. Licato will be sorely missed."

Funeral arrangements had not been finalized, but will be posted on the sheriff's office website,, once they are confirmed with family members.

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In the line of duty

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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