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Video: Virginia Officer Shoots Teen

May 27, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Virginia Officer Shoots Teen

A Purcellville (Va.) police officer shot a 17-year-old boy who lunged at him with a knife Saturday afternoon, state police said.

Inside NoVa is reporting that town police received a 911 call at 2:12 p.m. on Saturday, reporting a teen threatening suicide at a home in the 100 block of Frazer Drive. When an officer arrived, the teenager lunged at him with the knife and was shot.

Virginia State Police -- who are investigating the case -- say 17-year-old Christian Sierra was shot after police in Purcellville received a call for help because he was threatening suicide.

Police told the Associated Press that when an officer arrived and approached Sierra, he lunged at the officer with a knife and was shot. He was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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John @ 5/27/2014 7:53 PM

It brings to mind the old proverb, "Never take a knife to a gunfight!"
You have to give Christian Sierra some credit, in that he achieved his objective of "suicide by cop".

GP Cobb @ 5/27/2014 8:57 PM

John: Bingo

Renee @ 5/28/2014 5:13 AM

He wanted to be dead, and that goal was achieved.

jon @ 5/28/2014 5:28 AM

I am very glad the officer survived this tragic encounter. The question I now ask is: why, if the person was armed with a knife, would the officer put himself at risk by being so close. instead of maintaining a position of cover or having a barrier between he and the suicidal person? What was the officer's objective in being at the call? Answer: To prevent the suicide (death of the person). What was the officer's strategy to accomplish the objective? Brothers and sisters, please slow down and make a plan that will accomplish your objectives then stick to it. If the person is going to die, I would rather it be at their own hands rather than mine as an officer. We may be sued for not acting quickly enough to stop them from taking their own life, but I would prefer that over the trauma of being forced to take their life, while showing up to save their life. My prayers go out to the officer involved and the survivors of the deceased.

Bill @ 5/28/2014 10:55 AM

Jon you are assuming the officer knew the kid was armed.

westcoastleo @ 5/28/2014 11:19 AM

Jon, You have to remember, all plans are just plans. When we as LEO's go to a call we look back on our training, knowledge, and experiences of the past. Each call and observation during our shift and off duty time are totally different. This officer killed this kid to protect himself and the family who called. 6 people here in California by a kid who used a gun but killed more with a knife this last Friday. Too bad an officer could not have killed that guy before he went on his mission.

Pup @ 5/28/2014 11:27 AM

Although we don't know the complete facts regarding the distance, location, cover etc, I have to agree with Jon. The word "lunged" sticks out as close quarters. Even though the teen was shot, it doesn't mean the suspect actions will always be terminated. When possible, always give yourself distance and cover. Be safe!!!

CM @ 5/29/2014 4:02 AM

Always an armchair quarterback at the party. My heart goes out to the officer and the teens family; nobody wants to make the decision to end a life...can't imagine what he must be going through right now.

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