Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect chased and shot at another man, then refused to drop his gun, police said.
Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops.
The first question I would ask, is just what is a 14 year old doing out running the streets at 3AM? The second question would be, what was he doing with a gun and shooting at someone?
Two rookie cops, assigned to the high-crime area on an Impact team, just months after graduating police academy, identified themselves as police officers and told Douse to drop the gun, according to an NYPD statement..
Douse refused and one of the officers fired one round, striking the gunman in the jaw, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
I've never been the smartest person in the world, but if a cop tells me to drop my gun, he doesn't have to tell me a second time.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly dismissed suggestions that the cops should have wounded the boy instead of killing him.
“You shoot to stop. You can’t shoot to wound. That only happens in Western movies,” Kelly said at a press conference at NYPD headquarters.Damn, this is probably one of the smartest things Kelly has ever said.
Douse's family was furious.
“They're making it all up,” said his aunt, Quwana Barcene. “There was no gun. It’s all a cover-up. It’s what the police do. They kill us and cover it up.
“It’s not fair. It was my sister’s only child. You shouldn't have to bury your child. My beautiful nephew got shot in the head. A mother of one now has to bury her only child.”Yeah, her "precious" nephew was assassinated by the infamous NYPD hit squad. It doesn't matter that he was chasing someone down the street and firing at them. His last shot was in the direction of the police. If some points a gun in my direction, and especially if they fire a shot, I'm going to take that as a immediate threat and return fire. Since I'm not a cop, I don't have to give them any warning either. Lead a thug life, die a thug death.
The two officers, ages 26 and 27, were taken to Jacobi Hospital for ringing in the ears and trauma, police said.
I've shot all kinds of calibers without earplugs. Usually when hunting, and it does tend to ring your ears. I also understand them being treated for trauma. Taking a human life is hard to do. I hope they get all the help they need.
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