Charges of shooting officer are dropped

June 17, 1993|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

Prosecutors dropped an assault with intent to murder charge yesterday against a 22-year-old man named by police as the person who shot Officer James E. Young Jr. in the head during a struggle last September in a housing project.

Assistant State's Attorney Donald J. Giblin refused to explain the decision not to proceed with the most serious charge facing Sean L. Little.

Mr. Little's lawyer, Jack B. Rubin, said, "I don't believe there will be any evidence that Sean Little attempted or intended to shoot this police officer. I'm not sure we'll ever know who pulled the trigger."

Police accounts of the Sept. 18, 1992, incident at the Flag House Courts public housing complex suggested that Mr. Little shot Officer Young. Doctors have said the officer, 26, cannot remember the shooting.

A jury was selected yesterday for Mr. Little's trial on charges of assaulting Officer Young to elude arrest and other charges.

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