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St. Louis Officers Shoot Armed 14-yo Suspect

Monday, October 3, 2016 8:19
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Police shot and critically injured a 14-year-old boy after a foot pursuit where police allege that he fired a shot at officers Sunday morning in the Walnut Park East neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, according to Police Chief Sam Dotson.

The shooting was reported to occur at 9:25 a.m. at the 5000 block of Beacon Avenue. According to a tweet from the department, the suspect is stable at the hospital,  conscious and able to speak.

No officers were injured during the encounter.

According to Dotson, officers were searching for a car taken in a carjacking late last month. After a short pursuit, which may or may not have been related to the carjacking, the officers stopped to try to talk to at least one teen walking on Lillian Avenue, Dotson said. The teen reportedly fled the scene after the officers made contact, ran through a vacant lot next to Walbridge Elementary School and fired one shot at the officers before they returned fire.

Many are skeptical of the account given by police, being that the officers were not wearing body cameras that might substantiate their version of events. Some are requesting that officers need to be fitted with body cameras so that their claims can be better scrutinized in the future.

Dotson agrees with skeptics that the body camera program in St. Louis should be expanded.

“In the world that we live in now, people are skeptical,” he said.

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