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A Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed in the line of duty in a single-vehicle crash in Darlington early Thursday morning, police said.
The crash was reported by a citizen just before 2:30 a.m. on the 4700 block of Conowingo Road in Darlington, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell.
The deputy, Cpl. Charles B. Licato, 34, of Cecil County, was traveling northbound on Route 1 in an unmarked agency vehicle when the crash occured, Worrell said, and was pronounced dead at the scene by members of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company.
“Corporal Licato died in the line of duty,” Bane said in a statement. “Those who follow us in the years and decades ahead will know his name and the sacrifice he made for the citizens of Harford County. Corporal Licato will always be with us.”
Worrell said Licato left the agency’s headquarters at approximately 1:55 a.m. and appeared to be heading home at the time of the crash.
Investigation and reconstruction of the crash by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit determined that the 2010 Chevy Impala assigned by the agency to Licato was traveling northbound on Route 1 when it crossed the center line into the southbound lanes of travel. Licato’s vehicle then traveled off the southbound side of the road, striking a steel pole on the front driver’s side before coming to rest after striking two large trees.
Licato was a 14-year veteran of the agency, Worrell said. He was assigned to the Apprehension Unit of the Services and Support Bureau, the agency’s six-member plainclothes unit which serves warrants and tracks wanted individuals. His death will be considered as coming in the line of duty, she said.
Licato has a brother who is also a Harford County Sheriff’s deputy, Worrell said. His father, Donald Licato, recently retired as a detective with the Aberdeen Police Department, sources said, and is also a retired Baltimore City homicide detective.
“The Harford County Municipal F.O.P. Lodge #128 is saddened by the loss of Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Corporal Charles Licato,” Lodge President Jason Neidig said in a statement. “This untimely death hits home as Corporal Licato’s father had just retired from the Aberdeen Police Department (and is a retiree from the Baltimore City Police Department). Our prayers are extended to the Licato family. R.I.P. Brother Charles Licato. Your Brothers & Sisters have it from here.”
County Executive David Craig remarked on Licato’s death in a statement Thursday afternoon:
“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 13 years as a proud member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
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.”
Craig said county flags would be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Licato’s funeral.
Conowingo Road remained closed between Castleton and Shuresville roads as of 6 a.m. Thursday.
Funeral arrangements had not been made as of Thursday afternoon, but will be posted on the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.harfordsheriff.org.
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Cpl. Charles Licato. (Photo courtesy HCSO)
Licato, center, with Sheriff Jesse Bane, left, and Licato’s father, Donald Licato, a retired Aberdeen Police Department and retired Baltimore City Police Department detective. (Photo courtesy HCSO)