Baltimore Police officer charged with attempted murder, held on $1 million bond

Wesley Cagle
(handout photo)

UPDATE: Fox 45 is reporting that Cagle has made bail.

Baltimore City Police Officer Wesley Cagle is being held on $1 million bail, charged with attempted murder. Announced yesterday afternoon by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, these were the first criminal charges against a city cop for shooting a suspect since 2008, the Sun reported. That officer was acquitted by a jury.


Police say Cagle and three other cops responded to a call for a commercial burglary in progress in the early morning of December 28, 2014. There they found Michael Johansen, wearing a mask, inside the store. Two cops confronted him, and shot Johansen when he did not show his hands. He was on the floor when Cagle walked out from the alley, gun drawn, and shot him in the groin.

The Sun reported the conversation that allegedly occurred between Johansen and Cagle, as quoted by Mosby. Johansen asked what he'd been shot with, and guessed a beanbag. "No," Cagle allegedly replied, "a .40 caliber, you piece of shit." And then Cagle shot Johansen.

Cagle is a 13-year veteran of the department. He has arrested hundreds of people on charges ranging from trespassing to murder. He was sued with some other police in 2004, and the case was settled. Cagle worked overtime, earning more than $72,000 per year by the mid 2000s on a base salary (in 2007) of $48,589.

He earned $76,000 last year, but filed for bankruptcy protection early last year under Chapter 7, court records show. In the filing he claimed $5,249 in monthy income, and about $25,000 in credit card debt plus the notes on two 2013 Nissans. Cagle's debt was discharged in September of 2014. He and his wife, who works as a surgical technician, have four sons.

Cagle had never shot anyone before, police said.

Johansen still faces burglary charges stemming from the incident. He has been a defendant in many similar cases in the past, court records indicate, dating from an arrest for breaking and entering in 1988.

Johansen told WBAL TV that he lost a kidney, spleen, and much of his intestines to the bullet wounds. He said he was happy that charges were filed. "About time they did the right thing," WBAL quoted him saying, "He was calling me all sorts of names and he shot me while I was on the ground."

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