A former Maryland police officer was convicted on charges of shooting an unarmed, handcuffed suspect who was running away from him in the back, on Tuesday.
District Heights officer Johnnie Riley was found guilty of both first and second-degree assault as well as “the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime,” reports WJLA.
According to court documents, Riley spotted 26-year-old Calvin Kyle on a stolen motorcycle back in September 2012. Riley arrested Kyle and put him in handcuffs in the back of his police car.
Shortly after, Kyle slipped out of the back of Riley’s cruiser and took off running.
Riley reportedly shouted at Kyle to stop before throwing his baton at him, which missed. Riley then admittedly took out his gun and shot at Kyle three times striking him once in the back.
Riley’s sentencing has been scheduled for July 30 where he faces a mandatory minimum sentence. Until then, he remains free on a $100,000 bond.
Calvin Kyle did not die from his gun shot wound but he remains paralyzed from the waist down.
Riley said it “slipped his mind” that Kyle was in handcuffs. He also stated he feared that if he gave chase, he might have ran into a ambush.