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District Heights officer shoots handcuffed suspect

- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2012

A man shot Thursday night by a District Heights police officer was handcuffed and under arrest when police officials said he escaped from the back of the officer’s police cruiser and the officer fired at him.

District Heights police Sgt. Johnnie Riley, an 8-year department veteran, has been placed on routine administrative leave as the Prince George’s County Police Department investigates the shooting. In the meantime, Kalvin Kyle, the man shot, remains in a critical care unit at an area hospital.

The shooting happened around 5:20 p.m. Thursday in the 6200 block Foster Street in District Heights.

Mr. Kyle was being taken into custody for motorcycle theft and was in handcuffs when the shooting occurred, county police spokesman Officer Edward Martin said Friday.

Officials with knowledge of the investigation who were not authorized to speak publicly said Mr. Kyle had been placed in the back of the police cruiser and at some point got out of the vehicle and began to flee.

Officer Riley fired his department-issued weapon to prevent the man’s escape, striking him in the back, according to District Heights police.

District Heights officials said Mr. Kyle has an open warrant for his arrest and will be jailed after he is released from the hospital. Officials said in a press release that they would seek additional charges against Mr. Kyle but it was unclear Friday what those charges might be.

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