An Arizona housebreaking suspect shot to demise by an officer Tuesday was a 14-year-old boy carrying a duplicate gun, police mentioned.
Police mentioned they had been responding to stories of an individual burglarizing a automotive and the teenager ran away when he was approached by officers. He was holding what gave the impression to be a handgun, cops mentioned, and officers mentioned they “gave verbal instructions” through the chase.
The suspect turned towards the officers through the chase and one officer reportedly perceived that motion as a menace and shot the suspect, police mentioned. Officers tried to carry out “life-saving measures” on the boy, however he died at a hospital later, the Arizona Republic reported.
Authorities didn’t formally launch the identify or ethnicity of the 14-year-old who was shot or the police officer who fired the photographs.
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Officers mentioned the taking pictures was captured on the officer’s physique digital camera. The video was not instantly launched.
In a press release Wednesday, police decided the weapon within the suspect’s hand was a duplicate 1911 mannequin airsoft gun.
The identify of the teenager and the officer who opened fireplace haven’t been launched. Two witnesses, recognized because the boy’s brother and mom, advised ABC15 Arizona they wished police to clarify what occurred.
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“In the event that they wish to tarnish my son, they’re flawed,” Sandra Gonzalez, the teenager’s mom mentioned. “Other than the truth that they killed him, they wish to destroy him. No. I will not permit it, I need justice.”
On Thursday, folks gathered outdoors the Tempe Police headquarters to protest the taking pictures, FOX 10 reported.
The division mentioned it should conduct its investigation along with the Maricopa County Lawyer’s workplace, as is customary in officer-involved shootings.
The Related Press contributed to this report.