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Posted at 5:50 AM ET, 06/ 8/2010

Ex-cop guilty for role in '08 shooting

By Mike McPhate

A former detective with the D.C. police department has been found guilty for his role in the 2008 shooting of a man in Southeast D.C.

Prosecutors said in D.C. Superior Court that 52-year-old Sheldon Hargrove, of Camp Springs, responded to a call from a general contractor, Ronald Johnson, who was fighting with an employee over wages. Hargrove and Johnson had been friends for over 30 years.

After Hargrove arrived to the scene in the 1600 block of 28th Street SE, he handed over a loaded semi-automatic pistol to Johnson, who then shot the worker twice in the chest as he sat in a truck, prosecutors said. The victim exited the vehicle and fled on foot as Johnson continued to fire until the weapon was emptied.

An off-duty officer, Johnnie Barnes, witnessed the shooting and helped to capture Johnson.

Hargrove, who was found guilty of weapons charges, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on July 23. Johnson, who was found guilty of assault and weapons charges, faces up to 15 years.

Hargrove retired from the police force in 2007.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  police, shooting, southeast, washington  
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Comments

On duty, off duty or retired the DC police are consistant in their abuse of citizens and their disregard for the law the rest of us have to abide by. Thugs with badges and guns, one level above the street criminal.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | June 8, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

How was Johnson only found guilty of assault when he shot the man twice in the chest, killing him? Why not at LEAST second-degree murder? And he only gets 15 years for murder (and he'll likely only do 5-10)? You'd get more time for driving drunk and not killing anyone!!! Where is the justice in this? They BOTH should be locked up for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: B-rod | June 8, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The article doesn't say the victim died (nice reporting Wash Post...hello are there any editors working?), but at least Johnson should have been tried for attempted murder AND assault. Same goes for Hargrove.

Posted by: B-rod | June 8, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked this isn't getting more coverage from the Post. That dope Helen Thomas has countless articles and photos on her on the front page and they bury police corrpution and brutality/criminality in some little blurb? The Post is usually out front to convict any cop, guilty or not, before the case ever goes to trial. Now one is actually found guilty and they throw in a little blurb that I accidentally found? How ridiculous!@

Posted by: lottaaction | June 8, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure the rest of Officer Hargrove's "gang member friends" were upset that he was found guilty. I'll be sure to stay out of 6-D area for a nice time, because it's get back time over there now that one of their own is going to the slammers.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 8, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

How was Johnson only found guilty of assault when he shot the man twice in the chest, killing him? Why not at LEAST second-degree murder? And he only gets 15 years for murder (and he'll likely only do 5-10)? You'd get more time for driving drunk and not killing anyone!!! Where is the justice in this? They BOTH should be locked up for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: B-rod | June 8, 2010 9:02 AM

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The lack of reading and comprehension skills by some posters are atrocious.

Posted by: case50 | June 8, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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