Officer who shot handcuffed suspect found guilty

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A District Heights Police officer who shot a fleeing suspect has been convicted of 'first and second degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and misconduct in office for shooting a fleeing, handcuffed suspect in the back in September 2012,' the trial jury announced on Tuesday.

The jury acquitted Johnnie Riley of 'attempted second degree murder'.

He was indicted on charges of attempted murder, first and second degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and two counts of misconduct in office for the September 2012 incident.

According to authorities, Riley initiated a traffic stop on Kalvin Kyle and took him into custody after he found that the motorcycle Kyle was riding had apparently been stolen.

Authorities say Riley placed Kyle in handcuffs and placed him in his police cruiser while he secured the scene. At some point, Kyle was able to get out and began running down the street, his hands still cuffed behind his back. Riley went after Kyle and fired shots from his police-issued handgun. Kyle was hit in the back.

Riley's sentencing is scheduled for July 30, 2014.

"Prosecutors requested Riley's bond be revoked, but the Judge allowed him to remain free on $100,000 bond, ordering him to turn in his passport within 48 hours," officials said in a statement.


Suspect was handcuffed when he was shot by officer

Johnnie Riley indicted on assault, attempted murder charges


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