Shooting Defendant Waives Preliminary Hearing and Accepts Plea Agreement 

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On Nov. 20, a defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing and accepted a plea agreement in front of DC Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan

Javier Reyes-Lopez, 34, was charged with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a police officer while armed, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for his alleged involvement in a shooting on Aug. 17, on the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. 

According to court documents, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers were dispatched to the scene due to reports of a domestic violence involving a man with a gun. The suspect proceeded to fire shots at the officers and one fired back, injuring Lopez. No officers were injured during the incident. 

On Nov. 20, Lopez decided to waive his right to a preliminary hearing. 

Lopez accepted the prosecution’s offer to plead guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer, and attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. In return, prosecution will dismiss any greater and lesser included charges and will dismiss a 2019 misdemeanor case. 

In the 2019 case, Lopez was charged with simple assault and possession of a controlled substance. 

Parties will reconvene Feb. 9 for Lopez’s sentencing. 

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