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Police dept. defending rookie who shot teen
NEW YORK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The New York Police Department is defending the actions of a rookie officer who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy.
It happened early Sunday morning in the Bronx.
Police say surveillance video shows the 14-year-old opening fire on a group of men outside a business and then chasing one of the men he was shooting at.
Officers in the area heard the gunshots and ran to investigate.
They ordered the teen to drop the gun. They say he then pointed it in the direction of the officers.
That's when one of the officers fired a shot, hitting and killing the suspect.
"I don't see what officers could have done any differently. Someone shooting at someone else, running down the street with a gun. They tell them to stop, drop the gun. A shot is fired on that street. I think they did what we would expect officers of any experienced level to do," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
The district attorney says the teen killed had previously been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old, but those charges were dropped because the witness could not identify the gunman.