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

Saturday, April 28, 2012

15-year old Arizona boy shot in leg during "suicide by cop" attempt

A 15-year old boy in Surprise, Arizona, near Phoenix, apparently called for police and then appeared to them with a rifle when they responded.  He raised the weapon, in an apparent "suicide by cop" attempt, and was shot at least once in the leg.

From the article:
Shortly after 9 a.m., police received an emergency call about a person with a rifle who was in the backyard of a house.
Based on evidence on scene and statements made by the teen, they determined he was the one who called police and requested an officer, police say.
Two officers arrived and were immediately "confronted" by a juvenile holding a rifle, Anzini said.
The officers repeatedly told the teenager to drop the weapon. The teenager, who lives at the residence, ignored the officers' commands. The youth eventually pointed the rifle at the officers, Anzini said. The officers fired at him and struck the teen at least once. It is unclear how many times he was shot, the police spokesman said.
The teeanger was taken to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, Fire Department spokeswoman Renee Hamblin said.
An adult male, who may be an older sibling of the teenager, was home at the time of the shooting, police say.
The police say it is unclear whether or not drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the incident.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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