14-year-old shot dead by police after firing on another man
UPDATED 8:30 P.M.: Two rookie police officers fatally shot a 14-year-old boy in the Bronx yesterday morning after the teen opened fire on another person outside of a deli, according to the NYPD.
Shaaliver Douse, of the Bronx, was chasing another male while firing at him with a 9-mm handgun near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. when the officers, who took cover between parked cars, ordered him to “drop the gun,” police and a witness said.
But Douse fired again — it’s unclear whether he was shooting at the person he was chasing or the police. The officers, who were about 40 feet away, ordered him to drop the weapon a second time. When he didn’t, police said, the officers shot him in his lower left jaw. Douse was pronounced dead at the scene.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly offered his condolences to the teen’s mother, Shanise Farar, at an afternoon news conference where he also defended his officers.
“Regardless of the circumstances, this is a crushing blow to any parent,” said Kelly.
The commissioner said police are “actively investigating” the possibility that the initial shooting was gang related.
“We have someone armed with a gun aiming at someone else,” Kelly said. “A shot is fired in that street. I think they did what any officer would do.”
Police had arrested Douse in a May 16 shooting of what a source described as a rival gang member at a gas station in the Bronx. Police had charged Douse as an adult in the May shooting that occurred near Boston Road and Jefferson Place.
But witnesses did not want to cooperate so the Bronx District Attorney didn’t bring charges.
The officers — men ages 26 and 27 — joined the force in January. They were taken for treatment to Jacobi Medical Center for ringing in the ears and trauma.
Family and friends gathered at Douse’s Washington Avenue building early Sunday afternoon, declined to talk with reporters. A single white candle was lit in the building entryway.