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Fallen Deputy Comes From Family Of Law Enforcement

Cpl. Charles B. Licato of the Harford County Sheriff's Office died after an early morning car crash in Darlington Thursday.

Harford County flags are at half staff and the sheriff's office is to be shrouded in black this week in mourning of —the third line-of-duty death in the agency's history.

Licato died Thursday after his unmarked car crashed in the 4700 block of Conowingo Road during the early morning hours.

A person driving in the area in the woods and stopped to see if anything was amiss, said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. The person discovered the car and used Licato's police radio to call for help.

Police believe Licato was on his way to his Cecil County home following a shift when the single-car crash happened. It remained unclear Thursday afternoon what caused the crash, Bane said.

"We have no idea, at this point in time, what happened," Bane said.

described 34-year-old Licato as a dedicated deputy with a family history in law enforcement.

Licato worked alongside his brother at the sheriff's office. Their father was a member of law enforcement in Baltimore City before retiring then taking a job with Aberdeen Police, Bane said.

"This is kind of, I guess you could say, a double whammy for the agency not only are we dealing with the death of one of our own, but having a family member who works for us who we have to look after too," Bane said.

As of Thursday afternoons, county flags stood at half staff in Licato's honor and the sheriff's office had reached out to do the same at the state level.

Deputy's had positioned black bands over their badges and black banners were expected to be hung on the headquarters building and both the Northern and Southern precinct buidlings.

Funeral details for Licato are to be announced.

Joe White September 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Only flags on ships are at half-mast. All others are at half-staff. This is a very common error.
Kirsten Dize September 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thank you for the correction! -KD
Kevin barry parrotte sr September 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Thanks for youre service rest in peace hero
Delegate Donna Stifler September 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM
My heart breaks for this gentleman's family. My God bless them!
elise f September 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Joe White you are worried about how the flag is flown when a young deputy has died and his family is suffering! What a good American you are!
Tara B. September 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Cpl Charles Licato, you have left this earth way too soon, but rest in peace knowing you have served your short life well, in family, service and as a law abiding citizen. This is a tragic event that has left so many wounded in sorrow, pain and questions as to why you - why now - why period. I want all to think of ALL the good you have done, what a role model you have been...just trying to be on the bright side of such a dark event. My prayers go out to all who have known you, love you and who will forever miss you. Memories last a lifetime - you will NOT be forgotten. Thank you for your serive to our county and putting your life on the line 24/7.
dave jacksons September 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Thank you Cpl. Charles Licato god bless u and your family
Terry September 07, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to Cpl. Licato's family and his extended family at the Sheriff's Office. R.I.P. Brother Licato.
Philip Einhorn September 07, 2012 at 05:33 AM
One of our county's finest is killed. Remember to thank our deputies and police officers for their service when you see them. They put their lives in danger every day that they serve.
Philip Einhorn September 07, 2012 at 05:37 AM
May God be with the Licato family in their time of need.
Courtney September 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
My thoughts & prayers are with both the Licato family & the Harford County Sherriffs Dept. May god bless all of you in your time of need

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