Victim's Kin Denounce Shooting by Md....

Victim's Kin Denounce Shooting by Md. Deputy

There are 9 comments on the The Washington Post story from Mar 19, 2006, titled Victim's Kin Denounce Shooting by Md. Deputy. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

A 22-year-old Oxon Hill man fatally shot by a Charles County sheriff's deputy Saturday morning had drawn a handgun and fired it while three deputies were trying to arrest him on a drunken driving charge, the ...

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Baltimore, MD

#1 Mar 20, 2006
Why does it take the Charles County Sheriff's office patrol this La Plata community? It's inside the town limits and La Plata has it's own police department. What agency is investigating this shooting?

Vienna, VA

#2 Mar 30, 2006
Jonathan Lyles was shot because he pulled a handgun and fired at the officers, and not because he was black, but because he attempted to shoot the officers for no reason.

Sounds like someone is trying to shift the blame from where it truly lies. LaPlata is part of Charles County as Charles County is part of the State of Maryland. How many agencies does it take to see that Mr. Lyles has had a troubled past with the law.

Since 1999, Lyles had been found guilty of assault, possessing marijuana and cocaine, carrying a handgun, driving on a revoked license and attempting to elude police, court documents show. During a 2000 arrest for marijuana possession, he ran from a car into the woods in Waldorf, the records show, and police used a K-9 team to find him behind a tree.

Baltimore, MD

#3 Mar 31, 2006
Jonathan did have a troubled past and a problem with drugs. Are we 100% sure that he “pulled a gun and fired it at the officers” or did he shoot himself in the hand while attempting to get rid of the gun? Was there a video of the incident? Did they have dash mounted cameras or recorders? If not why? Have the dispatch tapes been released? If not why?

I support the police but believe in prevention and having a strong community relations program that works to foster a relationship between the community and police.

Instead of gloating over a dead mans troubled past lets just please look at all the facts as to why Jonathan had to die that morning.

Baltimore, MD

#4 Mar 31, 2006
The article in today’s Maryland Independent is indeed interesting. It reports the community meeting hosted by the Sheriff’s Office and community organization to publicly address Jonathan’s death. The “facts” are a bit unclear. Of the three police vehicles that responded two had dashboard video cameras but were not turned on. Capt. Brown stated that they do not search people who are suspected of DUI. They now say that Jonathan was shot twice – once by officers, and once in the finger by a shot he fired.

Questions we should be asking. Why do taxpayers buy cameras for police who fail to use them? If they don’t even search DUI suspects then why have three police vehicles respond? Why did the Sheriff’s Office official press release (all three of them) make no mention of Jonathan shooting himself. According to the press release posted on the Sheriff’s web site it states:“The officers attempted to arrest the suspect but a struggle ensued during which the suspect brandished and fired a handgun. The suspect’s shot did not strike anyone. One officer returned fire, striking the suspect in his chest.” (see press release)

What is the standard for use of dashboard cameras? What is the standard for searching a DUI suspect? What about the dispatch recordings? Why were three Sheriff officers patrolling the town limits? What about the La Plata police?

What are the FACTS? It will be interesting to find out.


#5 May 7, 2006
How ridiculous does your comment sound "Are we 100% sure that he fired the gun at officers or was he just trying to get rid of it". I'm sure if a gun was pulled on any of those commenting you wouldn't just stand there and say "put down the gun" or shoot him in his knees as some citizens have said. If a gun is pulled than you are no longer just a police officer, you are a human being fighting for your life.

His family wanted to talk about how Jonathan Lyles was trying to turn his life around. Are you serious...why did he have drugs? Why was he carrying a gun?

I'm so tired of everyone defending a person that was trying to kill those officers, and I'm sure everyone making negative comments about Charles County wouldn't hesitate to call the sheriff's officers if they needed help.

Here's a suggestion to all those who want to talk about the Sheriff's office when you are in trouble, when you are robbed, when you are shot at, when your house is broken into, or when your car is stolen DON'T call the Charles County Sheriff's office because obviously they are just out to shoot innocent people....

I guess you've seen the FACTS...stay in Fort Washington.

Waldorf, MD

#6 Jul 4, 2007
charles county residents

La Plata, MD

#7 Sep 21, 2011

Since: Oct 11

Dover, DE

#8 Nov 9, 2011
Don't like it? Stay in PG county!

Waldorf, MD

#9 Aug 23, 2013
Just coons being coons. Ruining our county!

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