ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Police say the 14-year-old boy who was shot by police in north St. Louis’ Walnut Park neighborhood Sunday morning, first fired a shot at officers.
Chief Sam Dotson told the media, and upset neighbors gathered at the scene, that at about 9:30 a.m. the officers pulled up to the teen, who is black, as he walked on Lilian near Davison, to ask about a recently carjacked vehicle they had just seen.
Dotson says the boy ran and the officers followed him. “The officers say the suspect fired one shot at them,” he says. “Two officers returned fire at that individual. The individual dropped the gun behind a residence here and continued running through an alley, a vacant lot, and was taken into custody a block away.”
The teen, Dotson says, is in critical condition but is expected to recover. He says the officers are white with between seven and eight years experience. There’s no word yet on how many shots were fired by the officers or how many times the teen was hit.
Dotson says neither the officers nor their car were equipped with cameras. Investigators are checking to see if cameras on the adjacent Walbridge Elementary School captured the incident.
He says investigators believe they’ve recovered the teen’s weapon. “The officers say they saw him armed with a gun. The gun is found directly behind the area where the officers first fired their shots.”
Some neighbors asked why the officers didn’t use a taser on the suspect. Dotson told them, “When an individual is armed with a gun it’s difficult to talk down. When I talked to a woman who’s in the neighborhood she said she heard officers tell the young man to ‘get down, get down, get down.'”
Investigators from the Circuit Attorney’s office were on the scene shortly after the shooting.
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story updated at 11:49am on October 2, 2016
During a late Sunday morning news conference near the scene of an officer-involved shooting, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters a 14-year-old male suspect allegedly fired one shot at officers who were investigating a carjacking report in the Walnut Park neighborhood.
Officers returned fire, wounding the teen.
Chief Dotson said the teen was taken to a hospital, where he’s in critical, but stable condition.
our earlier story:
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – City police confirm There has been an officer-involved shooting in the 5000 block of Beacon, in the Walnut Park neighborhood of St. Louis.
A witness tells KMOX a teenager exchanged gunfire with police around 9:30 Sunday morning.
A police spokesperson says one suspect was shot and has been transported to a hospital in stable condition. There are no officers injured.
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