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Baltimore Officer Charged in 2014 Shooting

Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought criminal charges against a Baltimore police officer in the 2014 shooting of a burglary suspect on Wednesday.

Officer Wesley Cagle was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

“In light of recent events, the commissioner and I recognize the need to be transparent and forthcoming regarding any serious allegation of police brutality or misconduct,” Mosby said during the announcement.

According to Mosby’s office, four officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 3000 block of East Monument Street on Dec. 28 after spotting a masked man with something shiny in his hand. Authorities said the man did not stop on the officers’ commands.

Mosby said Michael John Johansen allegedly reached toward his waist.

“In fear for their safety, Officer Keven Leary and Officer Isiah Smith discharged their service weapons multiple times, striking the suspect several times before he fell to the floor,” Mosby said. “Based on eyewitness accounts, while Johansen was lying on the floor, Officer Leary and Officer Smith were continuing to cover him with their guns drawn when Officer  Cagle, on his own initiative, came out of the alley in the rear of the store, walked in front of Officer Leary and Officer Smith and approached Johansen with his gun drawn. Officer Cagle positioned himself overtop of Johansen at which time Johansen stated, ‘What did you shoot me with? A bean bag?’ and Officer Cagle replied, ‘No, a .40-caliber, you piece of (expletive).”

Witnesses said Johansen did not appear to be a threat at the time he was shot by Cagle.

No weapon was recovered from Johansen or the crime scene.

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