Florida boy, 17, waving ‘military-style rifle’ at passing cars is shot and killed by police after ‘raising weapon at officers’: Firearm turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun
- Alexander King, 17, was fatally shot by police after brandishing a ‘rifle’ at the intersection of North Pinellas and Tarpon Avenues in Tarpon Springs, Florida
- Several witnesses called 911 reporting the teen had a ‘military-style rifle’ and was pointing it at cars. The gun turned out to be a airsoft pellet gun
- The two officers, who are now on administrative leave, allegedly fired 12 rounds at the teen, before handcuffing him, and performing CPR
- He was pronounced dead at the hospital roughly two hours later at around 11pm
- The eleventh grader had 22 run-ins with police and two felonies for battery of a school board employee and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
A 17-year-old Florida teen was shot dead by police after pointing a ‘military-style rifle’ at officers who were responding to calls that the boy was targeting passing cars with what turned out to be a pellet gun, officials said.
Alexander King, 17, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, was fatally shot by police at 9.30pm on Saturday after witnesses called 911 about King waving a ‘military-style rifle’ at passing cars at the North Pinellas and Tarpon Avenues intersection in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
King – who had two felony arrests – raised his weapon at police when two officers arrived on the scene, according to Tarpon Springs Police Chief Jeffrey Young.
The Tarpon Springs High School student had posted the gun on his Instagram page on March 24, writing: ‘New airsoft vietnam era M14. I absolutely love it.’
Alexander King, 17, was fatally shot by police after several witnesses called cops and reported the teen waving a military-style rifle at passing cars at the intersection of North Pinellas and Tarpon Avenues in Tarpon Springs, Florida, officials said
King, a junior at Tarpon Springs High School, had two felony arrests and 22 run-ins with police
The ‘rifle’ King was carrying turned out to be an ‘airsoft vietnam era M14’ gun that the teen had bragged about on his Instagram in March
King’s weapon is seen on the ground after he was fatally shot by cops
Bodycam footage showed the two officers approaching the intersection where King was, screaming ‘cover the area’ and ‘get out of the car’
Bodycam footage shows the two officers approaching the intersection where King was located, screaming ‘cover the area’ and ‘get out of the car.’
‘The two officers, in fear for theirs and the lives of others, fired multiple rounds each at the subject,’ Young said.
The two officers hid behind a car and fired 12 rounds – seven from a patrol rifle and five from a handgun – before handcuffing King, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
After shooting the teen, police officers attempted to perform CPR on the handcuffed teen until first responders arrived, according to the New York Daily News, but King was pronounced dead at 11.05pm at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, Florida.
King, who was identified on Monday, has had 22 run-ins with police and his weapon was determined to be a pellet rifle at the scene.
The eleventh-grader had two felony arrests, one for battery of a school board employee in 2017 and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2018, according to the Daily News.
It was not clear if he was ever convicted on the charges. The Tarpon Springs Police Department did not return repeated calls by DailyMail.com.
The two officers were placed on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shootout, officials said.
Tarpon Springs police will also perform an internal investigation.
Young reported that the police departments ‘thoughts and prayers are with our officers as they, too, deal with the aftermath of this event.’
Tarpon Springs High School will also be providing guidance counseling for all students who need it following King’s death.