"Residents" say he had a cell phone, and the cops beat him on the ground and then shot him.
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Rodriguez said officers from the department's special enforcement section were in the Douglass Homes area, working on "intelligence" they had gathered that led them to believe a suspect was about to commit a crime near or in a local business. Rodriguez declined to identify the business or describe how far away it was from where the chase ended.
Police pursued the man to the Douglass Homes courtyard, where he fought them as they tried to take him into custody, Rodriguez said. At some point, the man produced a weapon and, fearing for their lives, three officers shot him multiple times, Rodriguez said. No officers were injured, and Rodriguez said a weapon was recovered at the scene. Rodriguez would not say what kind of weapon was recovered.
Witnesses at the scene offered a different version of what happened once the man was inside the Douglass Homes courtyard, with the man holding a cellphone in his hand but not a gun, and the officers beating him while he lay on the ground before he was shot.
Twitter reports from some people say the perp was 15 years old.
I do have one issue with the "official" story - it says they pronounced him dead at the hospital, but the lack of aid being rendered by the cop leaning on the fence leads me to believe they pronounced him dead at the scene.
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