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17-year-old shot in officer-involved shooting in St. Pete, police say

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-22 23:16:31-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla- — A 17-year-old was shot in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon, police said.

St. Pete police said the shooting happened near 13th Avenue South just west of 25th Street. Officers were originally called out around 3:30 p.m. for a domestic dispute between the teen and a female.

The caller reported the teen involved had a gun and he was actively involved in an argument with the female, attempting to take her phone. The teen is also the suspect of an armed robbery on a 10-year-old and 15-year-old that happened on Oct. 17.

When officers arrived, the teen fled on foot from Wildwood Park to 13th Avenue South, running eastbound. St. Petersburg K-9 Officer Leighton Williams saw the suspect run between two homes into an alleyway.

When Williams spotted the teen, he noticed he had a gun. Police said the officer then shot him.

The teen was transported to Bayfront Hospital in critical condition.

The teen is charged with:

  • Armed robbery (St. Petersburg Police Department charge)
  • Aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer
  • Carrying a concealed Firearm
  • Possession of a firearm by a person under 18 Years of age
  • Battery (Dating Violence)

The department says the Pinellas County Use of Deadly Force Investigative Taskforce is investigating. The task force is intended to make sure investigations into officer-involved shootings are thorough and objective.

Officer Williams will be placed on routine administrative leave.