08/09/2006

Cops: Shooting Justified: But 'they didn't have to shoot him,' boy's mom says

Frank Main and Annie Sweeney
The Chicago Sun-Times
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A Daisy PowerLine Model 93 BB-gun is at the center of a bitter dispute between Chicago Police -- who say they were justified in shooting a 14-year-old boy because he was pointing the weapon at officers -- and North Side residents who say he never should have been wounded.

Police Supt. Phil Cline said Tuesday that Ellis Woodland refused officers' orders to drop the BB-gun, which was a replica of a deadly 9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol.

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