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District Heights police officer charged in shooting of suspect

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -

A District Heights Police Sergeant has been indicted on several charges, including attempted murder.

Johnnie Riley, an eight-year veteran of the police force, is accused of shooting a handcuffed suspect in the back after a traffic stop on September 6.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has indicted Riley also on charges of first and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and two counts of misconduct in office.

Kyle's attorney, Chris Griffiths, says it is a shooting that should have never happened.

"In the United States of America, no matter what you may have done or suspected of, you don't get shot in the back when you're unarmed and handcuffed," says Griffiths.

The shooting happened along County Road in District Heights. Authorities say Riley pulled Kyle over on suspicion of riding a stolen motorcycle.

They say Kyle was handcuffed and placed in the back of Riley's police cruiser while the scene was secured. 

Authorities say at some point, Kyle was able to get out of the cruiser and started running down the street. They say his hands were still cuffed behind his back. Authorities say Riley started shooting and hit Kyle in the back.

Sgt. Riley turned himself in to Prince George's County Department of Corrections Thursday. He is being held without bond and is expected back in court on Friday for a bond review.

Griffiths says the Kyle family believes the charges are appropriate and a beginning towards some measure of justice.

"It's difficult to see how there will be any real justice in the case," says Griffiths. "I mean, Mr. Kyle is paralyzed for the rest of his life, and so it's just one of those unfortunate cases where there may be no real justice in the end."

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