- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore police officer was convicted Thursday of assault and a weapons charge in the shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect, but jurors acquitted him of attempted murder, the State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Wesley Cagle, 46, and three other officers responded to a commercial burglary Dec. 28, 2014, according to prosecutors. Michael Johansen, 47, ran from the building and officers ordered him to show his hands according to testimony.

Johansen reached down, and two officers shot him. Cagle approached Johansen, who was lying on the floor, and shot him once in the groin, prosecutors say.

Johansen survived and testified against Cagle. Both Johansen and Cagle are white.

Cagle’s lawyers did not respond to requests for comment. He remains free on bail until sentencing in November.

The police department said in a statement that Commissioner Kevin Davis is taking steps to fire Cagle, a 15-year veteran.



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