Monday, 5 August 2013


A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early Sunday morning after the boy 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 in the Melrose section of the Bronx, New York

How it happened

The New York Police Department officers arrived at a scene around 3am where Douse had been trying to shoot a man who was running across the streets.

The uniformed 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 involved in the shooting joined the department in January. Their ages are 26 and 26.

They were stationed in the neighbourhood as part of an Operation Impact team monitoring the high-crime area. After the shooting the officers were taken to Jacobi Hospital and treated for tinnitus and trauma, authorities said.

The boy's black semi-automatic firearm was recovered at the scene, according to an official statement from the police department.

The man Douse was firing at is still at large, the newspaper reported. Authorities are reviewing security camera footage to help apprehend the man police say was fleeing from the scene as they arrived.

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 neighbourhood where Douse lived.

That shooting took place 2 miles from where Douse was later shot to death.
Douse was also charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing in the incident.

The charges were later dropped, according to News 12 Long Island. At the time, prosecutors did not give a reason but said the case was pending further investigation.

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