- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A municipal judge has dismissed an attempted homicide charge against a man accused of running over a Philadelphia police officer’s leg with a car, but ordered the defendant to stand trial on aggravated assault and related charges.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1KQqlcO ) reports Municipal Judge Davis Shuter agreed with a defense attorney that 24-year-old Dominique Fallins’ was merely trying to get away from Officer Joseph Kochmer, not trying to kill him. That happened at a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Police say Kochmer opened fire when Fallins’ car dragged him down a street as Fallins grabbed for the officer’s gun during a traffic stop on Jan. 8.

Kochmer’s leg was broken, and he missed work for four months.

Fallins must stand trial on charges including aggravated assault, fleeing police, and car theft.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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