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Police Identify Officer Killed in Morning Crash

The Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in the crash at the end of a shift.

UPDATE (10:35 a.m.)—A Thursday morning car crash claimed the life of an on-duty deputy. Police have identified the deputy as a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office.

Corporal Charles B. Licato, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle crash in Darlington, police said in a statement.

Licato, a Cecil County resident, had been with the sheriff's office for 14 years and was most recently assigned to the Apprehension Unit of the Services and Support Bureau, police said.

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Around 2:30 a.m. a citizen contacted the sheriff's office about a car crash in the 4700 block of Conowingo Road in Darlington, said Monica Worrell, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. 

The single-car crash involved an on-duty deputy who was at the end of a shift, Worrell said early Thursday.

This is the third line of duty death in the history of the sheriff's office. In June 1899, Deputy Sheriff Frank Bateman was killed while trying to arrest a disorderly man, according to the sheriff's office.

In 2006, Deputy First Class William H. Beebe Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack in his patrol car while responding to an attempted suicide call, according to the sheriff's office.

Conowingo Road between Shuresville and Castleton roads remained closed to traffic as of 10:30 a.m. You can find real time traffic information here.

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Jean September 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
May he R.I.P. My prayers go out to his family and also for him. He is in GOD'S loving hands now.
Mandy September 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
As a personal friend of Charles shame on those who use this tragedy to judge an accident you have no first hand knowledge of. He was an amazing friend, brother, uncle, son and most of all a wonderful police officer. He deserves respect as does his family, friends and co workers as we grieve the loss of someone we loved. I would never disrespect your loved one so try to imagine losing your son and seeing comments like those above. To those who posted kind words they are greatly appreciated. RIP Charles we love and miss you!
Sean September 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Have any of you negative nancys out there considered that maybe these cops who have died lately have only lack of sleep to blame possibly due to being undermanned and over worked? Why is it automatically their fault and why do some of you feel as if youre entitled to know the facts about the situation? People are so quick to blame public servants when things go wrong or happen to them. Try thinking about the other side of the story and what if that were your family member, kid, or husband/wife.
Shannon Valentini Licato September 14, 2012 at 02:16 AM
He was in the line of duty and no matter what his occupation (it doesn't matter), no one will know what on earth happened on that road that night. We can only hope and pray that he used his best knowledge when having to be faced with what he was @ the time.He was one of the most amazing people I've ever met! A loving son, brother, uncle and godfather. He was a super hero w/o a cape. He was brave and strong yet gentle and kind! I hope all officers are half a man charlie was!...he will deeply be missed and live forever in my heart!
lisa shrader walker September 14, 2012 at 06:56 AM
so sad and heartbroken. Chuck was a such a good guy who always made me smile. I enjoyed my ride alongs w/him as an EOC dispatcher. He had a heart of gold and will be so missed . You are a guardian angel now and will always be remembered . Always RIP Cpl!

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