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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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Leslie Schildgen September 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Praying for the family and loved ones. Life is so fragile
Kristen September 06, 2012 at 03:00 PM
You people have no right to judge those who risk their live everyday to keep you from harm! It doesn't matter now what he was doing. He is gone and he is never coming back. And I hope for your sake that if you ever lose someone you care about you don't have to listen to the insensitive bs you are currently dishing out. And I hope that if you are ever in need of the assistance of any law enfircement officer that you remember they are the ones who are helping you and if they delay their response to stop and take an emergency call from dispatch about your situation on their cell you might be dead by the time they get to you.
Debi Seiser Callaghan September 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
well said...my son-in-law is a MD state trooper and I would be very upset to read comments like these if I were this officers family & friends. He goes out every day to protect our county & state. It is very unfair to lump a few folks into an entire group.
Grace September 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Well said, Stacey. I couldn't agree more. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the HCSO.
Melissa September 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Wow this family is now mourning the loss of this amazing man who was here to protect us and this is how you thank him for his services to us and our families? This is uncalled for in every way and you should be ashamed of yourselves Gary and Scoots you do not know anything that happened no one does and you should keep your rude comments to yourself and offer condolences! If you cant say something nice then maybe you should not say anything at all! My thoughts and prayers are with this family and the department! May he rest in peace!
Caroline Sears September 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
To the family of the Maryland Deputy that just died in the line of Duty. On behalf of my entire family, you are in our prayers. I am the mother of Deputy Michael C. Walizer, Charles City VA. Sheriff Department.EOW 3/31/12. He was killed in a car crash responding to backup another Deputy. He was killed at 2am at the end of his shift. We his family will miss him until the day we are with him again. My prayers go out to you the family of the Maryland Deputy that was just killed in the line of duty. We know your pain, your heartache your loss. May God give you the strength you will need at this time. As for the comment of Gary Olivier. My son followed all of the requirements of a dedicated law enforcement officer on his way to support another Deputy and his friend as well, and he died doing it. The fallen Deputy’s department will be investigating all of your questions that will be their job. Your job right now is to support this Deputy’s family and fellow Deputies...not question his job performance.
Kristen September 06, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Thank you stacey. I tried to place a comment before in regards to the negative comments on here but it didnt post. I knew him personally. He was a good cop. He will be greatly missed. It is a very sad day for all of us. And to those who feel the need to say the negative things o forgot such a day, i sincerely hope you dont have to rely on a cop that pulls over to answer his cell wen dispatch calls him for an urgent msg regarding ur case. It would b tragic if something bad happened to anyone bc a cop was delayed.
Caroline Sears September 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Caroline Sears 11:15 am on Thursday, September 6, 2012 To the family of the Maryland Deputy that just died in the line of Duty. On behalf of my entire family, you are in our prayers. I am the mother of Deputy Michael C. Walizer, Charles City VA. Sheriff Department.EOW 3/31/12. He was killed in a car crash responding to backup another Deputy. He was killed at 2am at the end of his shift. We his family will miss him until the day we are with him again. My prayers go out to you the family of the Maryland Deputy that was just killed in the line of duty. We know your pain, your heartache your loss. May God give you the strength you will need at this time. As for the comment of Gary Olivier. My son followed all of the requirements of a dedicated law enforcement officer on his way to support another Deputy and his friend as well, and he died doing it. The fallen Deputy’s department will be investigating all of your questions that will be their job. Your job right now is to support this Deputy’s family and fellow Deputies...not question his job performance.
Mx pro September 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Wow , scoots and Gary didn't say anything hurtful about an officer being killed, they simply stated concern for the situation and if it could've been a preventable accident.its sad that anyone's life was taken in a car accident wether its a police officer, the mailman, or a plumber going to work.i have seen officers doing the same thing Gary speaks of and sometimes it seems like a double standard for police officers.
Lynndi September 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Thanks Kristen for answering the insensitive remarks make by Scoots and Gary Oliver. I'm pretty sure I know you were awake all night worrying about YOUR dad.
FFdave September 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Bel Air patch needs to do a better job in removing negative posts...this is not a place to argue if he was wearing his seat belt or on his cell phone...HCSO lost a friend, family, brother, and fellow deputy....people that write this stuff are ignorant and ridiculous...its a sad day in Harford County and will never be the same RIP Cpl. Licato you will be missed
a. nonymous September 06, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Kristen, I feel it is time to REMOVE negative comments on this story. Most everybody has been respectful but unfortunately, some have not. The family is dealing with the worst news anyone could ever get; that there loved one has passed. If people want to judge and be negative, they need to do so in private. The large amount of negativeity and lack of couth displayed by some is the main reason i do not read online news, I believe I will stick to printed media without ANY comments. I will end by saying this; to the family of Cpl. Licato, no matter what, you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many.
Michelle Z. September 06, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Sending prayers to the family who loss their family member this morning. Sending prayers to Harford County Sherriffs family too.
SH September 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Terry- there are reasons to everything police officers do. They are not allowed to run their lights on every call so there are times where they will be speeding to a call where lights are not allowed. Ignorance...
Dennis M. Tilley September 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young officer. People often take for granted what our police, fire fighters, and ems first responders do on a daily basis to serve our communities. Give this officer the respect he deserves, and do not try to place blame or fault on him during this time of grieving for his family, friends, and his fellow officers he served with. When was the last time anyone stopped to thank these public servants for what they do on a daily basis. Having been in two accidents myself involving the striking of deer, this accident could have been something as innocent as trying to avoid a deer or other animal. Let the police do their investigation before making judgement of this or any other first responder.
Jill Bracewell September 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
My heart breaks for the family and friends of this officer. I cannot believe the comments above regarding seat belts and cell phones. No matter what, this young man's life has ended in a tragic manner. My thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, and to his brothers in the Sheriff's office. No one should ever have to suffer this kind of loss, no parent should ever have to bury their child, no matter the age and circumstance. God forbid one of you nasty fools loses a child or loved one tragically. Would you want to read inappropriate comments such as Gary's and Scoots'? God help you if you need a First Responder's help...I don't think I would be so kind as to hurry to your aid. I hope the family finds a way to have peace in the face of this senseless tragedy.
Antoinette J. September 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
My prayers are with the family. May the peace of God comfort them. It truly is a loss for all of Harford County. This is a man who put his life on the line daily for our safety. I thank God for his service to the community.
Candace Goldstein September 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
So sad. My thoughts are with family and friends.
Jess September 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Cpl. Licato was extremely polite, professional, and friendly. My condolences to his family, whether they be his brothers and sisters in the HCSD or the ones at home.
yvonne bachman September 06, 2012 at 10:43 PM
A first responder rushes to everyone's aid. They don't know who they are responding to and do not care. They love their second job. Relax everyone. In that area it could have been a deer or maybe a heart attack. We could all be victims at any time. R.I.P.
Carol September 07, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Patch is a good news outlet, but it's sad to see when something happens how fast it can turn into a bashing blog. We none know when something is going to happen to us or our loved ones, its called life. Lets not make this any worse for the family and friends then it is already. It's bad enought to lose a loved one, but then to see what some people post, no love or concern for one another. Lets get it together life is too short. God Bless this family
Rich September 07, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I agree , but as reported on TV News tonight he was speeding at 72MPH . As the police tell us "SPEED KILLS" .
trip September 07, 2012 at 02:26 AM
My prayers go out to family..friends....n the h.c.s.d
Al September 07, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I completely disagree about removing comments. While questioning the circumstances that caused the accident and pointing out behaviors that have been noticed that could have caused the accident are perhaps insensitive, and are comments I wouldn't make, they don't appear to be made with any malice. People want to know why as well as who, what, where, and when. Some people just don't have the common sense to be patient to find out why and can't seem to comprehend that just because they see behavior by one member of a group it doesn't necessarily follow that all members of that group behave the same way. The "negative" comments here certainly don't come close to rivaling the ones from another recent accident. http://belair.patch.com/articles/deadly-joppa-accident-claims-teen-s-life My condolences to the deputy's family, friends, and coworkers...
Sally Oxx September 07, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Praying for the family, friends and HCSD !!!! A sad day indeed.
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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