Charges Dropped Against Man In Confrontation With Officer.
Post, 21 Oct 2008 (Castaneda ).
Prince George's County prosecutors have dropped charges against a Langley Park man who was accused of helping his father assault an off-duty county police officer before the officer fatally shot the father.
Police had charged Manuel de Jesus Espina Jacome, 26, with assaulting Officer Steven Jackson during an Aug. 16 confrontation in an apartment in Langley Park. Jackson shot and killed Espina's father, Manuel de Jesus Espina, 43, during the encounter.
Police have said that Jackson, who was moonlighting in his police uniform as a security guard, fired a single round into the elder Espina's torso because he was struggling with the father and son and feared for his life. Espina Jacome was charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
On Friday, the day Espina Jacome was to go on trial in District Court in Hyattsville, prosecutors dropped both charges.
Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, said prosecutors are continuing to investigate the actions of Espina Jacome and Jackson and will wait for the conclusion of the probe before deciding whom to charge.
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