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District Heights police officer who shot man in back indicted

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Published on: Monday, November 05, 2012

By Jim Davis

An eight-year veteran of the District Heights Police Department has been 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.

On Sept.7, Sgt. Johnnie Riley shot Kalvin Kyle, 26, in his back, paralyzing him from the chest down. The shooting occurred near the corner of County Road and Foster Street in District Heights after Kyle was apprehended for allegations that he stole a motorcycle.

Riley placed Kyle in handcuffs and placed him in his police cruiser while he secured the scene. At some point, Kyle exited the cruiser and began running down the street with his hands still cuffed behind his back. As Riley pursued Kyle, Riley fired shots from his police-issued handgun, striking Kyle in the back.

Kyle, who is sometimes referred to as Calvin Kyle in Maryland court records, was previously convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and transporting a handgun from a 2003 incident during which he tried to take the car of an off-duty police officer. He was shot during that incident, too.

In addition to the charges from the Sept. 6 incident, Kyle is also facing theft and destruction of property charges from two separate incidents this year.

Riley turned himself in to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections at approximately 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and is being held on a no bond status.

“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. “They must exercise their powers in a way that is reasonable and respects the humanity of everyone they serve.”

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