The State’s Attorney’s Office says use of force was ‘necessary and proportional.’
Frederick, Md (KM) A Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in a police shooting last month will not be facing charges. The State’s Attorney’s Office says it reviewed the body-worn camera footage as well as other evidence, and found that the use of deadly force against the suspect was “necessary and proportional.”
Investigators says Deputy Christian Lucente did not commit a crime, and no charges will be filed.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 2:45 AM on Friday, March 18th, Deputy Lucente tired to pull over a speeding vehicle on Interstate 270 and Route 85, but the driver refused. The motorist identified as Lookman-Khalil Bello, 28, from Hagerstown, drove into the Kingsbrook community. Bello bailed out and there was a foot pursuit. Authorities say the pursuit ended up on Rooks Court where Bell fired on the deputy who returned fie. Bello was taken in the shoulder. He was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment.
DFC Lucente was not injured.
The State’s Attorney’s Office says its decision does not preclude any administrative actions which may be taken by the Sheriff’s Office.
At the time of the shooting, Bello had four outstanding warrants in Frederick and Washington Counties. He was also convicted in a shots-fired incident in Hagerstown in 2016.
By Kevin McManus