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District Heights policeman indicted on attempted murder charges

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

A District Heights Police sergeant has been indicted on charges of attempted murder in the shooting of an arrested man after a traffic stop.

Johnnie Riley, an eight-year veteran, turned himself in Thursday afternoon 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.

"Police officers are given powers to enforce the law, and with those powers comes a great responsibility," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a news release. "They must exercise their powers in a way that is reasonable and respects the humanity of everyone they serve."

On the night of Sept. 6, prosecutors said, Riley took suspect Kalvin Kyle into custody after it was discovered that the motorcycle Kyle was riding had been stolen.

Riley placed Kyle in handcuffs and placed him in his police cruiser while he secured the scene. Kyle was able to get out of the cruiser and began running down the street with his hands still cuffed behind his back. Riley pursued Kyle and fired shots from his police-issued handgun, striking Kyle in the back, prosecutors said.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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