Morristown, N.J. (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy was wounded by a police
officer after brandishing a replica handgun and demanding that the
officer relinquish his service weapon, the Morris County Prosecutor's
The East Hanover officer retreated toward his police cruiser and
fired twice, striking the teen once in the upper right thigh, Capt.
Paul Kalleberg, an office spokesman, said Thursday.
The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, remained
hospitalized Thursday at Morristown Memorial Hospital, where he was
also being evaluated by mental health experts, Kalleberg said.
The incident happened about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday on the fourth level
of the parking deck next to the Loews Theatre on Route 10 in East
The officer, who was patrolling the area, stopped behind the only
vehicle on that level, a 1996 Honda Civic, and walked toward the
driver's door to check on the occupant. The teen got out and pointed
what appeared to be a handgun, the prosecutor's office said.
Kalleberg said the teen faces four charges: attempting to take a
firearm from an officer while displaying a deadly weapon; aggravated
assault; attempting to disarm a law officer, and unlawful possession
of a weapon.
No decision has been made on whether the prosecutor would seek to
have the teen charged as an adult, Kalleberg said.
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The prosecutor's office is investigating the shooting, as is standard
any time an officer fires a weapon.