Teen shot by sheriff’s deputy expected to survive
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A 16-year-old boy who was shot by a Bannock County sheriff’s deputy after fleeing from a traffic stop in Chubbuck is expected to survive, authorities said.
Sheriff Lorin Nielsen provided the update on the boy’s condition but didn’t release the boy’s identity or any information surrounding events that led to the Nov. 23 shooting, the Idaho State Journal reported .
The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. near Ellis Elementary School after the deputy pulled over a vehicle with multiple occupants, authorities said.
The boy who was shot was a passenger in the vehicle. After the deputy pulled the vehicle over, the boy fled on foot, and the deputy chased him, the sheriff’s office said. When the deputy caught the boy, an altercation ensued and the deputy shot the teenager, the office said.
An 18-year-old man who was driving the vehicle was taken into custody. The deputy’s name wasn’t released.
Quentin W. Lackey, an attorney for the wounded boy’s family, called the incident a tragedy and said the family supports an investigation into the shooting “without undue pressure or undue influence from the public or any party involved.”
About a dozen of people protested the incident on Monday at Caldwell Park in Pocatello. Sheriff Nielsen said he considered the small size of protest a sign of community support for local law enforcement.
Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com