Police shoot 13-year-old teen after chase in upstate New York


Police in New York shot a 13-year-old boy after chasing him after he brandished an object that resembled a handgun, the Utica Police Department said in a statement.

Police said officers stopped two teenagers in Utica at about 10 p.m. local time on Friday. Utica is a city of 64,000 people in upstate New York, about an hour's drive from Syracuse. While officers were questioning the teenagers, one of them fled on foot, the statement said.

As he was running, police observed what “appeared to be a handgun” pointed toward officers. One of the officers fired his gun and struck the teen, who was described as an Asian male. Utica Police Chief Mark Williams said at a news conference Saturday morning that police officers immediately gave him first aid and he was taken to Wynn Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Authorities said they found a replica Glock handgun with a detachable magazine after the shooting.

“It was ultimately determined that this replica handgun was a pellet gun,” Williams said.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the dead 13-year-old boy or the officer who shot him until his next of kin are notified. An interpreter was present at the news conference to provide translation for the family and their community.

The Utica City School District's interim superintendent released a statement Saturday saying they would not be releasing the student's name out of respect for his family.

“This tragedy is a reminder of the enormous challenges our community faces, especially our partners in law enforcement who work tirelessly to keep our streets safe,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Davis.

A social media video related to the incident is circulating on the internet. Regarding the video, the police said, “We are aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media platforms, which does not show the entire incident.”

Police said they are investigating the shooting and will release information about the shooting, including a brief account of the incident and full bodycam footage, in the next few days.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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