Prince George’s County Officer Convicted for Striking Suspect With Cruiser

A Prince George's County police officer is facing 10 years in prison after being convicted Thursday for striking a suspect with his police cruiser last summer.

Officer Juan Hernandez was convicted of one count of second-degree assault, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced.

Hernandez was one of two officers who responded to a call for an armed person on June 13, 2016 in ... As the other officer chased the suspect on foot, Hernandez pursued the suspect in his cruiser, prosecutors said. The suspect ran down a side street and into an open field. Hernandez then followed the suspect and struck him with his cruiser, according to the state's attorney's office.

The suspect was not injured and no weapon was found in his possession.

Hernandez's sentencing is schedule for July 28. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Hernandez worked for the Prince George's County Police Department for 11 years.

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