Another incident involving highly unlikely scenarios law enforcement personnel spout to justify murder. This time, the near-impossible feat was allegedly achieved in Maryland. Prince George’s County Officer Wayne Cheney and District Heights Police Officer Jason Leavitt arrested Archie Elliott III for suspicion of DUI on June 18, 1993. Both officers claimed Elliott had pointed a gun at them as he was handcuffed — behind his back — in the front of a police cruiser, prompting them to “act in self-defense.” The officers fired 22 shots, of which 14 struck Elliott, killing him instantly.
Both officers were cleared of all charges. Interestingly, just twenty months later, Officer Cheney shot and killed Michael D. Reed in Upper Marlboro. Another shooting with sketchy circumstances. Of course, Cheney was cleared of any fault in that one as well.
Archie Elliot III
District Heights, Maryland
June 18, 1993