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N.J. Officer Wounds Teen Brandishing Replica Handgun

May 19, 2004
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N.J. Officer Wounds Teen Brandishing Replica Handgun

The Associated Press

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 Office said.

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 Hanover.

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.

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