Florida teen killed by police was pointing airsoft rifle at drivers, officers, authorities say

A Florida teenager was shot and killed by police on Saturday night time after pointing an airsoft rifle at vehicles and officers, in keeping with authorities. 

The boy, 17, was recognized throughout a information convention Monday as Alexander King, an Eleventh-grader at Tarpon Springs Excessive College, in keeping with stories. 

Investigators stated police acquired a number of 911 calls a few “white male sporting darkish clothes pointing a military-style rifle” at passing autos in Tarpon Springs, FOX 13 Tampa Bay reported. 

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When officers arrived round 9:30 p.m., King lifted the weapon and pointed it at them, in keeping with Tarpon Springs police Chief Jeff Younger. 

The responding officers took cowl behind a close-by car and fired photographs on the teenager, who was hit a number of instances. 

Officers had acquired stories that King was probably armed with an AK-style rifle however Younger stated King was truly carrying an airsoft gun.

{The teenager} was later pronounced useless at an space hospital. 

“Our ideas and prayers exit to the household and pals of Alex King,” Younger stated. “Our ideas and prayers are with the officers and their households as they, too, cope with the aftermath of this occasion.”

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King had 22 prior interactions with police, together with a felony arrest for battery on a college board worker in 2017 and aggravated battery with a lethal weapon in 2018, FOX 13 reported. 

The officers concerned within the capturing are on paid go away because the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement investigates, Younger stated. 

Tarpon Springs police will even conduct an inner investigation, the chief added.

Grief counselors can be found at Tarpon Springs Excessive College for each college students and employees.

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Tarpon Springs is positioned on Florida’s Gulf Coast about 30 miles northwest of downtown Tampa.