A man who reportedly detached his prosthetic leg in order to remove a GPS tracking device placed by police has allegedly murdered a man in Washington, D.C.
Quincy Green, 34, had been ordered to stay in his home while he awaited trial for a charge of illegally possessing a gun. His leg had been outfitted with a GPS tracking device by police to ensure that he did not leave his house - but the technician who fitted Green with the device mistakenly placed it on his prosthetic leg, according to the Washington Post.
The bracelet was designed so that if Green tried to remove it, authorities would be alerted. With his prosthetic leg, however, he didn't need to. Green is alleged to have removed his prosthesis and then used a spare one to slip away from his home in May without police receiving an alert. He is then suspected of shooting and killing Dana Hamilton, 44, according to WRC-TV.
Police reportedly ignored multiple accounts of officers and witnesses who said they saw Green, insisting that Green was at his home because the GPS said that was his location, the Washington Post reports.
"I don’t understand how someone could put this device on a prosthetic leg," Sgt. Matthew Mahl, D.C. police union chairman, said. "It is frustrating for us as police officers to have one of our defendants released, especially when talking about dangerous crime like guns - and then to know that the accountability for these defendants isn’t always up to par."
According to regulations, the tracking device is meant to be placed directly over a defendant's skin, rather than over their clothes. Chris McDowell, director of communications for the company that supplied and fitted the GPS bracelet, said that protocol was "absolutely not" followed and that the mistake was due to human error. The technician reportedly placed the device over Green's sock.
"This is the first instance where something like this has happened, and the results were tragic," said D.C. Pretrial Services Agency Director Cliff Keenan, according to the Washington Post.
A surveillance video obtained by police shows a man with a limp, later identified by a witness as Green, drinking alcohol with two men near Hamilton's apartment complex on the morning of the shooting. Green is then seen firing a gun at a man several times as the man flees.
Hamilton had been living with his mother, Lillie Hamilton, 72, at the time. Lillie said that the night before his death, her son said he was going out to hand out religious pamphlets.
Green has been arrested by D.C. police and faces a charge of second-degree murder while armed.