- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Some assault charges are being dropped against a man who was fired on by Prince George’s County police after surveillance video taken from the scene of the shooting contradicted a version of events given by an officer, officials said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred Friday night at a Brentwood gas station and was caught on camera. Both police and the state’s attorney’s office are reviewing the footage to determine whether administrative or criminal charges could be filed in the case against the officer involved, the police department’s new inspector general, Carlos Acosta, said.

As a result of the recovered footage, two charges of assault and assault on a police officer filed against 19-year-old Ryan Keith Dorm have been dropped, said a spokesman for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office. Charges of resisting arrest, assault and assault on a different police officer remain.

The charges that were dropped involved interactions with Cpl. Donald Taylor, who fired his gun at Mr. Dorm. Both Cpl. Taylor and a witnessing police officer, who has not been named, were placed on administrative leave as the department investigates the case.

In an initial statement about the incident, police said Cpl. Taylor fired at Mr. Dorm but did not strike him after Mr. Dorm reached for the officer’s gun during a confrontation. The shooting occurred after Cpl. Taylor confronted Mr. Dorm and another man, believing they had robbed a gas station.

As police began reviewing the incident, they found surveillance video had captured the shooting and did not “support the initial version of events” that was reported, police said.

Mr. Acosta, who has been on the job just a week but worked previously as both the county’s deputy state’s attorney and with the Department of Justice, said he wanted to be forthright about the investigation from the start.

“Folks need to believe in their police department,” Mr. Acosta said. “What maybe has been lacking in the past is the public has not been able to see the process.”

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