MIAMI (CBSMiami) – North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda is now facing criminal charges in the shooting of Charles Kinsey – a behavioral therapist.
Wednesday afternoon the State Attorney’s office announced Aledda was being charged with attempted manslaughter and culpable negligence for the July 2016 shooting.
This is the first time, under Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, that there has been a prosecution of a police officer for an on-duty shooting.
Investigators say Kinsey was following autistic patient Arnaldo Soto who had left the facility with a silver tanker truck in his hand. Kinsey was trying to return Soto to the facility at the time.
Police say at some point they got calls about a man, possibly suicidal, with a silver weapon in his hand. That’s when North Miami Police showed up.
Officers were spread out over several blocks with two officers within 20 feet of the two men to survey the situation.
Kinsey yelled that Soto had a toy truck, according to the arrest affidavit. Cellphone video showed Kinsey lying on the ground with his arms up.
Investigators say Aledda, who was 152 feet away from both men, fired three shots during the situation – injuring Kinsey in the right thigh.
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