Los Angeles Officer Who Saw Replica Gun Shoots Teen in Back

Los Angeles Officer Who Saw Replica Gun Shoots Teen in Back

The 15-year-old who was shot by police was not holding the replica gun.

Published February 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun.

Sgt. Frank Preciado said early Thursday that what the officer thought was a weapon turned out to be a replica handgun.

The boy was transported to a hospital and released to his mother the same day.

Two officers spotted a teenager pointing what they thought was a gun at another person Tuesday morning.

Preciado says officers ordered the boy to drop the weapon. When he didn't comply, one of the officers opened fire.

The teen holding the replica weapon wasn't hurt, but the boy standing next to him was struck.

No arrests have been made.

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Written by Associated Press

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