Policeman kills armed teenager on NYC street

Aug 05 2013, 01:07 IST
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SummaryA rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a New York City street

A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a New York City street early Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it at them, authorities said.

Shaaliver Douse died of a single gunshot to his jaw after the confrontation early Sunday in the Bronx.

Police said two officers were on foot patrol when they he-ard gunfire at around 3 am. Authorities said the officers found the boy with a 9mm handgun, identified themselves and told him to drop the weapon.

The officers identified themselves as police and ordered him to drop his weapon, authorities said.

When he pointed his gun at them, one of the officers shot him, police said. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. The two officers had joined the department in January.

Douse had been in trouble with the law before. He was charged in May with attempted murder after a 15-year-old boy was shot in a Bronx neighborhood where Douse lived.

Douse was also charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing in the incident.

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