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Burglary suspect shot, killed by police in Tempe was 14-year-old with replica gun

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jan 16, 2019

Tempe police say the burglary suspect shot and killed by an officer Tuesday afternoon was a 14-year-old boy with a replica airsoft gun.

According to police, just before 2:40 p.m., officers responded to an alley for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Police say as the responding officer arrived at the scene, he observed someone who was in the process of burglarizing the car.

As the officer made contact with the teen, he exited the car on the passenger side and fled on foot holding a gun, which was later determined to be a replica model airsoft gun.

The officer chased the boy and gave verbal commands.

During this time, police say the officer "perceived a threat" and fired his gun, striking the boy.

Responding officers located the 14-year-old near the exit of the alley and started to perform CPR and notified paramedics.

The boy was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say the replica gun and items from the car the teen was seen burglarizing were found in his possession.

"As with all officer-involved shootings, we will conduct a thorough investigation in conjunction with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office," police said in a Wednesday news release.

The Tuesday incident was the fourth officer-involved shooting in the Valley so far this year.

See the map below for every media-reported officer- and deputy-involved shooting in the Valley in 2018.