Ariz. police fatally shoot teen brandishing replica gun

Police found that the teen had a replica gun in his possession after a chase that led to the boy being fatally shot

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX — A burglary suspect fatally shot by police was a 14-year-old boy carrying a replica gun.

According to Associated Press, officials in Tempe, Arizona reported a suspect burglarizing a car Tuesday and that he ran away with what appeared to be a gun.

During the chase, the boy turned towards officers, police say. One officer perceived that as a threat and shot the suspect, who later died in the hospital.

Police found that the teen had a replica 1911 airsoft gun in his possession, which they determined he had taken from the vehicle along with other items.

The names of the teen and officer who opened fire have not been released.

The shooting was recorded on the officer’s body camera. There is no word on whether police officials plan on releasing the footage. 

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