Shooting Defendant With ‘Cognitive Distortion’ Waives Preliminary Hearing

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A shooting defendant, whose attorney claims deals with “cognitive distortion” due to past trauma, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in front of DC Superior Court Judge Heide Herrmann on July 9. 

Rasheed Thorne, 21, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during crime of violence for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting that occurred on May 20 on the 5800 block of 7th Street, NW. An off-duty police officer sustained injuries during the incident. 

According to court documents, the officer was driving his personal vehicle to work when he spotted a vehicle driving erratically in front of him.The car stopped, one suspect got out, and shot at the officer’s vehicle.

The officer was injured and drove his vehicle to a station for assistance, where he was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

At the hearing, Janai Reed, Thorne’s defense attorney, said the defendant was cooperative when informed the victim was a police officer. 

“His reaction was hypersensitive,” said Reed.   

The prosecution claimed Thorne’s actions were “unprovoked” and requested a continued hold, citing his prior gun arrest.

Reed disagreed with the prosecution that his actions were “unprovoked”, stating it could have been handled better. She argued it’s reasonable behavior to feel alarmed when an individual believes someone is following them.

Judge Herrmann ordered Thorne remain detained awaiting further proceedings.

Parties are slated to return on July 16.

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