Rookie NYPD Officer Shoots and Kills Allegedly Armed 14-Year-Old

A first-year NYPD police officer shot and killed an allegedly armed 14-year-old boy Sunday morning in the Bronx. According to police, the 14-year-old was killed after he pointed his handgun at the officer and his partner.

Two police officers, both of whom graduated from the police academy in January, were on foot patrol in the Melrose section of the Bronx on Sunday when they heard gunfire at 3 a.m. The officers responded and reportedly found the young man shooting his 9 mm pistol at a man fleeing the scene.

When the officers identified themselves and ordered the 14-year-old to put down his weapon, the teenager reportedly turned and pointed his gun at them. At that point, one officer fired a single shot, striking the teen in the jaw. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

This wasn't the teenager's first run-in with police. In May, the 14-year-old was charged with attempted murder and assault after shooting a 15-year-old neighbor. Those charges were later dropped, but the case is pending further investigation.

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