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Tempe police: Suspect fatally shot by officer was teen boy

January 16, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Tempe say a burglary suspect who was fatally shot by an officer was a 14-year-old boy and wasn’t in possession of a real handgun.

The name of the teen and the officer involved in the shooting weren’t immediately released Wednesday.

Police say officers reported seeing a car being burglarized Tuesday and the suspect fled on foot holding what appeared to be a handgun.

At one point during the chase, police say the suspect turned toward the officers.

One officer reportedly perceived that as a threat and shot the suspect, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police now say the teen had an airsoft gun in his possession plus some items removed from the burglarized vehicle.

They say the incident was captured on the officer’s body camera.

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