PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (CBSDC) — Prince George’s County Police Officer Donald Taylor is facing serious charges that he falsified his account of why he fired his gun during an incident earlier this year.
On February 3, officers responded to suspicious activity near Rhode Island Avenue and 38th St. in Brentwood when they noticed two individuals, one of whom was wearing a ski mask, enter a gas station. The officers said they believed the two men were about to commit a robbery..
According to officer Taylor’s account, one of the men swung at the officers and the suspects began to flee.
Taylor said when he caught up with one of the suspects, 19-year-old Ryan Dorm, the suspect reached for his firearm. The officer says he discharged his weapon toward the suspect then apprehended him.
Dorm was charged with attempted second-degree assault and attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer at the time.
However, surveillance tape of the incident did not corroborate Taylor’s account of the stop. The 13-year veteran was suspended from the force the following day. Dorm is no longer facing charges and has filed a civil suit against Taylor.
Taylor has been charged with second-degree assault and three additional charges. He will answer those charges in court on August 24.