Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Man shot and killed by police while holding his 9-month old grandson

50-year-old John Loxas of Scottsdale, Arizona, was walking around his neighborhood threatening his neighbors and police.  One of the officers thought he saw a gun in the man's arms and shot the man in the head, killing him.  The thing in his arms turned out to be the man's 9-month old grandson.  No guns were found on the man, though there were some in his home.

From the article and news footage:
"There were at least three officers in position to engage the suspect. At least one of the officers thought he saw something in the suspect's hands," said Sgt. Mark Clark.
Loxas was standing outside of his home with his grandchild still in his arms when Officer James Peters fired one shot to the head, killing the suspect.
Police say the 9-month-old boy was not injured during the shooting.
Officers also escaped unharmed.
Some neighbors are now questioning the officers actions.
Investigators say the officers on the scene thought Loxas was holding a gun.
Detectives did not find a weapon on Loxas following the shooting, but did locate several firearms inside the home.
Officer Peters, who fired the fatal shot, has been involved in seven shootings over the past decade.
Six of those have been fatal, and all have been ruled justified.

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