Florida Police Shoot, Injure 14-Year-Old Black Male Carrying Airsoft Gun
Police in Jacksonville, Florida shot and injured a 14-year-old Black male who they say pointed an Airsoft gun at an officer, prompting him to open fire.
The officer, identified as Josh Livingood, mistook the gun for a real weapon. The teenager, who has a known history of mental illness, according to Jacksonville.com, sustained a non-life threatening injury to the leg. Livingood was one of two officers responding to a call from a woman who reported someone with a BB gun was shooting at her windows and doors.
When Livingood arrived on the scene and told the teenager to put his hands in the air, he allegedly pulled out the Airsoft gun and pointed it at him. The officer opened fire, shooting six bullets towards the unnamed teenager. One bullet struck the boy in his leg, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tom Hackney confirmed.
The teen dropped the gun and Livingood was able to kick it away before the teen could recover the weapon, Hackney said.
The teen’s gun, designed to be non-lethal, was a gold imitation of a 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol with an orange tip, Hackney said. He said the teen was …read more
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