Rookie New York City police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early Sunday after the suspect was seen chasing and shooting at another male and refused to drop his weapon, the New York Post reports.
The suspect, 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse, had already been charged with attempted murder in a different incident, but that charge was dropped in May.
A pair of rookie cops—26 and 27 years of age—heard shots around 3 a.m. and ran to investigate, police said. They observed Douse, of the South Bronx, chasing and firing at another person.
The two uniformed cops—assigned to the high-crime area on an Impact team only months after graduating from the police academy—ordered Douse to drop his gun and also indentified themselves as police officers, the Post reports.
After Douse refused, one of the officers fired a single round that hit the teen in the jaw, police said. USA Today adds that Douse was pointing his gun at the officers when he was shot.
Douse was pronounced dead at the scene, the Post reports, adding that investigators recovered a blood-spattered Astra A 100 9mm semi-automatic handgun at the scene, according to police.
The Post reports that Douse was scheduled to appear in court Aug. 23 for weapons possession, records show.
The New York Times adds that Douse’s pursuit of the man Sunday could have been related to the previous shooting in which he was charged with attempted murder; “the victim in the shooting in May, who belonged to a gang called the Lyman Place crew, had been embroiled in a dispute with a rival gang called the Nine, of which Mr. Douse might have been a member, the official said.”
(Click on the security cam snapshot below and it will bring up video showing Douse shooting at an unknown person just before he was shot dead by police; via Oren Yaniv of the New York Daily News.)
Here’s a report from WABC-TV: