Police Say Teen Killed After Firing on Officer

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

The Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday that it had shot and killed a 14-year-old named Jesse Romero after responding to a report of vandalism.

Officers chased him east on Cesar Chavez and the suspect ran south on Breed Street, where police shot him just after 6 p.m., LAPD Det. Investigators were still in the process of taking statements from the officers.

A spokeswoman for the LAPD said he was shot when two gang enforcement officers were in pursuit of a "male Hispanic with a gun" on Tuesday.

A witness saw the suspect fire a handgun in the direction of two officers while fleeing from the area.

"The tragedy of this event can not be understated", Deputy Chief Robert Arcos said. The officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, though Aguilar said it is not clear at this time if the cameras were activated, according to the L.A. Times. "This event underscores the need for youth programs and outreach which provide opportunities and alternatives for the youth of our communities". The officers said they opened fire when the teen pulled out a handgun.

Arcos did not say if the slain teenager or a second detained youth were gang members. Neither officer was hit.

The officers, who were not identified, were assigned to desk duty.

Police didn't release the victim's identity.

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