BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) - The Aberdeen Police Department is in mourning after one of their own plummeted to his death off of an elevated exit ramp on Interstate 95 early Saturday morning.
Sgt. Kirk Perez, spokesman for the Maryland Transit Authority Police, said police received a call at 3:15 a.m. that a person had fallen from a bridge at exit 52 on 95 North.
When officers arrived two minutes later they found a party limousine bus parked on the right shoulder with all of the passengers gathered outside. A preliminary investigation found that a passenger on the bus, later identified as 29-year-old Charles Nelson Armetta, of Joppa fell 47 feet off the elevated exit ramp. Medics on the scene declared Armetta dead at 3:42 a.m.
The Aberdeen Police Department confirms that Armetta was a canine officer on the force. A scroll on the department's website announces his passing with "deep regret" and bids their fallen comrade to "rest in peace brother". A spokesman for the department said that they are still in shock and that their first priority is to comfort the family. A tribute to Officer Armetta will be announced at a later date.
Witnesses said that the party bus was returning from a trip to Washington, D.C. when it pulled over for an unknown reason. Police are still putting together why the bus pulled over and why Armetta got out.
Several hours later the Maryland State Police crime lab and the State Forensic lab responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Sgt. Kirk Perez said it appears to be a, "tragic accident," but police will continue to investigate.
Armetta is the second Harford County police officer to die this week. On Thursday Harford County Sheriff's deputy Cpl, Charles Licato died in a crash in the 4700 block of Conowingo Road (Route 1) in Harford County.