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‘Hero’ police officer indicted on assault charges

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A Prince George's County police officer praised as a hero one day was indicted the next on criminal assault charges.

Cpl. Rickie Adey, a 10-year department veteran, was indicted Thursday on first- and second-degree assault and misconduct in office charges stemming from an interaction with a teenager last year, police announced Friday.

Earlier this week, Cpl. Adey was one of two officers who helped residents and their pets escape a burning building in District Heights.

"He was a hero in that case," county Police Chief Mark A. Magaw said.

However Cpl. Adey now faces criminal charges from an Aug. 4, 2011 incident during which he is accused of holding his gun to the head of a 13-year-old boy and threatening him.

The officer was responding to the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights for a report of gunshots. A group of 10 to 15 individuals scattered when Cpl. Adey arrived, but he chased and caught up to one boy, Chief Magaw said. Their interaction led to the charges.

The boy involved in the altercation was not charged with any crime, Chief Magaw said. He filed a complaint with the police department, which was forwarded to the Office of the State's Attorney for prosecution.

Cpl. Adey has been suspended from duty with pay and will have a departmental hearing on Monday, Chief Magaw said.

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