Teen won't be charged in shooting by police

June 14, 2008|By Tyeesha Dixon

Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a Howard County teenager who was shot accidentally in April by an undercover officer during a suspected drug deal, according to the Howard County state's attorney's office.

Garcia Wilson, who was 15 when the shooting occurred, was grazed in the arm after the officer drew his gun to approach Wilson and another teen who police suspected were making a drug deal in Jessup. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. April 7 in the 8300 block of Pleasant Chase Road, police said.

The other teen, Dwain Usery, who was 14 at the time, was struck in the torso by the same bullet that hit Wilson, police said.

The decision not to file charges was described in a June 5 letter from Senior Assistant State's Attorney Danielle Duclaux to Charles Jerome Ware, the attorney representing the Wilson family.

"I believe that they are doing the right thing because my client at no time was in violation of the law," Ware said yesterday. "Therefore, we welcome this reasonable and obvious conclusion by the state."

Ware said his client heard two gunshots, while police maintain that a single shot was fired. Ware said he sent a letter to the county solicitor in April stating the family's intent to file a civil suit against the Police Department.

The attorney for the Usery family could not be reached yesterday. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the county state's attorney's office, declined to comment on whether Usery would be charged.

"As a matter of policy, we don't discuss cases about juveniles," Kirwan said.

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