Police and Law Enforcement

Florida police officer charged in shooting of autistic man's caretaker

In this 2014 photo made available by the North Miami Police Dept., Fla. shows Officer Jonathan Aledda. Aledda shot therapist Charles Kinsley on Monday, July 18, 2016 in North Miami, Fla. A North Miami police commander has been suspended for allegedly fabricating information about the shooting of the unarmed black therapist. (North Miami Police Dept. via AP)

In this 2014 photo made available by the North Miami Police Dept., Fla. shows Officer Jonathan Aledda. Aledda shot therapist Charles Kinsley on Monday, July 18, 2016 in North Miami, Fla. A North Miami police commander has been suspended for allegedly fabricating information about the shooting of the unarmed black therapist. (North Miami Police Dept. via AP)

A North Miami, Fla., police officer is facing criminal charges in the shooting of an autistic man's caretaker this past July. 

Officer Jonathan Aledda was charged with attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence in the shooting of Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, as he lay in the street next to his client, 27-year-old Arnaldo Rios.

Rios had walked away from the group home where he lives. Kinsey was trying to coax him back when a woman called 911 saying a suicidal man was walking down the street with a gun. Rios was actually carrying his toy truck.

A cellphone video captured events leading up to the shooting.

The Florida State Attorney's office said that Officer Aledda "was not in a position to correctly assess the situation or in a position to accurately fire."

There was no immediate comment from the North Miami Police Department or the Miami-Dade Police Union, which reportedly is representing Aledda.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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