Two Aberdeen officers who wounded teen brandishing gun won't face charges

March 06, 2003

ABERDEEN - Harford County's state's attorney has ruled that two Aberdeen police officers involved in a shooting Feb. 20 will not face charges in the incident, and the officers have been returned to duty, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Officer 1st Class Larry Wade, 44, on the force 12 years, and Officer 1st Class Richard Clark, 36, an officer for four years, had been on administrative leave since the shooting of a 17-year-old armed suspect, said Detective Sgt. Steve Smith of the Aberdeen Police Department.

State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said in his review "that the officers' actions were reasonable and there is no criminal liability," Smith said. On Feb. 20, the officers responded to an assault call on East Bel Air Avenue and confronted the suspect in a nearby apartment complex, Smith said. The officers shot the teen-ager after he brandished a gun and pointed it at them, Smith said. The teen remains at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Smith said.

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