Tempe Police: 14-year-old killed in officer involved shooting

TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Tempe Police officials have released new details surrounding an officer involved shooting Tuesday afternoon that left a teenager dead.

According to the statement, officers responded to an alley on the 4500 block of S. Fair Lane at around 2:38 p.m. for a suspicious vehicle report. When officers arrived on scene, they saw a person who was in the process of burglarizing the car. Upon contact, the suspect left the car on the passenger side, and fled on foot holding a handgun. A uniformed officer chased the suspect on foot, and gave verbal commands.

During the chase, police officials say the officer perceived a threat, and fired his service weapon, striking the suspect. CPR was given after the suspect was located. The suspect, identified as a 14-year-old, was taken to the hospital, and later declared dead.

The incident, according to officials, was captured on the officer's bodycam, and the weapon that was in the suspect's possession was later determined to be a replica 1911 model airsoft gun. That gun, along with other items that were located in the suspect's possession, was determined to have been removed from the car that the suspect was allegedly burglarizing.

Police say they will conduct a thorough investigation, in conjunction with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

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