A former District Heights police officer found guilty of shooting a handcuffed and fleeing suspect was sent back to jail with his bond revoked after attempting to attack prosecutors in the courtroom Tuesday.
Johnnie Riley was supposed to be sentenced in Prince George’s County Circuit Court, but after he tried to attack prosecutors during his hearing the sentencing was postponed to Oct. 15. According to the state’s attorney’s office, several sheriff’s deputies had to subdue Riley and the courtroom was cleared. Riley had been out on bond ahead of his sentencing.
Riley was found guilty in June of first-degree assault and other crimes related to a 2012 shooting that left a man paralyzed. Riley had pulled the man over for driving a stolen motorcycle. The man was handcuffed and placed in the back of Riley’s squad car but escaped the car and began to flee. Riley opened fire on the man as he fled, hitting him in the back.