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BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Maryland Attorney General’s Office has released police body camera footage from the fatal shooting of a police officer in Crofton last January
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Dyonta Quarles Jr., 20, was fatally shot January 30 by Anne Arundel County Sheriff First Class J. Ricci.
Anne Arundel County Sheriff said officers were dispatched to a home in the 900 block of Danville Courthouse following reports of domestic violence. Authorities say Quarles’ mother called 911, saying she was in a dispute with her adult son, who wouldn’t let her leave the bedroom.
After forcibly entering the home, officers went to an upstairs bedroom, where they found the two. His mother left the bedroom before Quarles appeared to pay Ricci, who was outside the room.
Police ordered Quarles to the ground, but a struggle ensued when officers tried to handcuff him. A stun was used on Quarles, but it had no effect.
Officers pinned Quarles and tried to restrain him when Quarles bit Ricci’s arm.
“He is biting me [expletive] Ricci said. “Shoot away [expletive]. ‘ said Ricci, before opening fire on Quarles, attacking him.
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At least three gunshots can be heard in the footage. It is unclear how many times Quarles was attacked.
Ricci is said to have sustained injuries during the struggle and is said to have been punched multiple times in the head and face. He told officers at the scene that he could not feel his face, which was covered in blood, and that he appeared unable to walk.
For a moment, the officers present at the scene thought that Ricci had been shot.
Ricci was unconscious and taken to a regional trauma center in a serious condition, the attorney general’s office said.
The remaining officials gave Quarles first aid and CPR until EMS arrived. Quarles was later declared dead.
The AG office’s Independent Investigations Division, which investigates all police-related deaths, has delayed the release of the footage so the unit can resume interviews.
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The Independent Investigations Division typically releases body-worn camera footage within 14 days of an incident.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/22/body-camera-footage-from-fatal-police-shooting-in-crofton/ Body Footage Released From Crofton’s Deadly Police Shooting – CBS Baltimore