In Denver, Colorado, a grand jury indicted a police officer with the Denver Police for an officer-involved shooting in July that injured six bystanders, Janet Oravetz reports for 9News. The indictment, made public Wednesday, includes eight counts of assault, one count of prohibited use of a weapon and five counts of reckless endangerment. It alleges that Brandon Ramos fired toward an armed suspect both with the knowledge that a crowd of people were standing behind him and without a “clear backdrop” to justify firing his weapon.
The grand jury heard testimony from 17 witnesses and reviewed 140 exhibits related to the case before charging the officer. In contrast to Ramos, two other officers who discharged their weapons during the incident are described as having “reasonably believed” their lives and the lives of others were in danger when they fired their guns.
“While the situation remains an unfortunate one, and it’s regrettable that innocent bystanders were injured, I’m surprised to see that the grand jury found the officer’s actions involved criminal intent,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said.