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LAPD Officer Shoots, Wounds Boy Standing Next to Teen with Replica Gun

February 12, 2015  | 

The Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday that an officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy after spotting him in an alley next to someone who appeared to be aiming a handgun. The weapon turned out to be a replica firearm. The boy was transported to a local hospital and released after treatment.

"It’s certainly an unfortunate situation," police department spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the Los Angeles Times. "But because of people bringing replica weapons out like that, it certainly could have been a terrible tragedy."

Around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, two officers were driving in the 7200 block of 10th Avenue when they spotted a group in an alley. A teenager was pointing what police thought was a gun at another person, Smith said.

Officers ordered the boy to drop the weapon multiple times, Smith said. When he didn’t comply, one of the officers opened fire.

The teen holding the replica weapon was unharmed, but the 15-year-old boy standing next to him was struck, Smith said.

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kevCopAz @ 2/12/2015 8:08 PM

Looks like the officer may have been justified in firing his weapon at the young man holding the weapon based upon the LA Times article, but obviously hit the wrong subject. Thank God the young man was not killed. In th long run he will be much better off since Im sure after the multi-million dollar settlement he will have his education and many other things paid for by the citizens of LA. Must admit the kid wasn't doing anything wrong and deserves compensation. As far as the replicas being made to look less real, makes sense. But then again if they did that, and I were a criminal, I would just paint my real gun bright colors to get that extra second of doubt in the police shooting at me. So really whats the answer?

Scott @ 2/13/2015 1:54 PM

The answer is to drop the weapon. Even at 15, anyone with the common sense of a house plant - should know to drop the weapon. If not, its natures way of weeding out the idiots.

American @ 2/17/2015 12:00 AM

Nature can be cruel at times.

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