A Black 14-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Black sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday night following reports of armed males entering an abandoned house in Houma, La., WWLTV reports.
The deceased boy was identified by relatives as Cameron Tillman, a high school student and “tremendous athlete."
The deputy was not named, but authorities have confirmed that he is a seven-year veteran of the patrol division, a member of the Terrebone Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and a field training officer who had no previous disciplinary infractions during his career.
Two deputies had been called to the scene right before 6 p.m. in response to the 911 call.
"While attempting to make contact with the suspects inside of an abandoned residence on the street, [the deputy] shot an armed suspect,” the sheriff’s office said.
According to state police, a weapon was recovered in close proximity to the 14-year-old’s body. But Cameron’s brother, Andre Tillman, who was also inside the abandoned house during the shooting, challenged that claim, saying they heard a knock on the door.
"My little brother thought somebody was just clowning, because somebody is always clowning by the door. He opened [it] and the man just shot him,” Andre told WWLTV. "He didn't have nothing in his hand.”
The shooting is currently under investigation.
"The individual that was fatally wounded, his family, everybody deserves a proper investigation, and that's what we're here to do," Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell told WWLTV. "And until we get everything nailed down, squared away, we'll be out here as long as it takes.”
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