Judge Lifts Curfew for Suspect Accused of Shooting at Police

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DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan lifted a curfew for a man accused of shooting at police.

Delvin Pollard, 29, is charged with assault to kill while armed, possession of a gun during a crime of violence and assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident that occurred on Dec. 12, 2019 on the 300 block of Hawaii Avenue, NE.

According to court documents, Pollard fired several shots at two Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers while they were entering their squad car.  No one was hurt in the shooting, but bullet fragments were found lodged in the front of the vehicle.  Pollard was later arrested near the scene.

In a May 24 hearing, before Judge Raffinan, Pollard’s attorney, Mani Golzari, says his client has done very well, even “better than expected” on supervised release while wearing a GPS monitoring device.  

Golzari also said that Pollard has been working on mental health issues by attending weekly sessions at the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop.  The Washington, DC based organization helps young inmates achieve career and life goals by developing their literacy skills.

The logic behind lifting the curfew, said Golzari, is that Pollard wants to work, and he needs to be available beyond the court imposed limit of 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Judge Raffinan agreed that Pollard has complied with his release terms since October 2022, and that he has support structures in place.  However, in lifting the curfew, Judge Raffinan warned Pollard can only work extended hours as long as he stays in compliance with court terms.  

A motions hearing in the case is set for April 19, 2024.

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