Officer in trainee shooting indicted

TOWSON, Md. - The officer involved in a shooting that injured a police trainee in February has been indicted on two counts. 

The investigation began after the shooting on February 12 at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills. The investigation revealed that City Police Officer Kern fired a shot that injured a police recruit during a training exercise at the center. 

William Kern was indicted Wednesday on one count of second degree assault and one count of reckless endangerment. The maximum penalty for both charges is 10 years in prison. 
 
The indictment resulted in a warrant for Kern's arrest. Officials with Maryland State Police say he turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at Golden Ring Barrack.
 
Injured in the shooting was University of Maryland, Baltimore PD recruit Raymond Gray. Gray was shot in the head.
 
"Mister Gray indicates that he remembers nothing, other than waking up in the hospital," said A. Dwight Pettit, attorney representing Gray. 
 
Pettit described that Gray's recovery has been nothing short of miraculous.
 
"He has had a tremendous recovery," said Pettit.  "He is talking. He's been talking with comprehension, but now he is holding conversations." 
 
"One of the nurses came out and said Mister Pettit, you didn't even recognize him did you?" Pettit continued. "He's doing so well in other words I passed by thinking it was somebody else because he looked so good and the bandages had come off."
 
Doctor's placed Gray in extremely critical condition after the shooting.
 
Gray has since been moved to Sinai Hospital from Shock Trauma. 

The Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office has requested that the Baltimore City Police Department suspend any Internal Affairs investigation until the completion of the criminal case.

Raymond Gray
Raymond Gray
Pettit believes Kern with plead the 5th amendment in the criminal case, and explains that the civil lawsuit lawsuit will be the only way to determine what actually happened the day Gray was shot.
 
"How you can set up a situation where people are exposed, weapons are being pointed at them," said Pettit. 
 
Baltimore Police Department commissioner Anthony Batts released the following statement in response to news of the indictment:
 
"This indictment moves us one step forward in this painful but necessary process.  As Police Officer Trainee Gray and his family continue along the path of healing; so too, do the officers and trainees of the Baltimore Police Department.

We continue to cooperate with all outside agencies involved in this extensive investigation.  Meanwhile, as we come to grips with this terrible incident, our own comprehensive evaluation of our policies and procedures and internal investigations are ongoing. 

When we fall short, we will not only hold ourselves accountable; but will take the necessary time, care and caution required to restore the public's confidence in our department. "
 
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