Police claim they were forced to fatally shoot 17-year-old Jaquaz Walker when a drug sting set up by authorities at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina went wrong (video below).
Police set up a marijuana drug deal between an undercover police officer, an informant and two teen suspects on Tuesday afternoon.
During the drug deal, Walker shot the informant in the shoulder after attempting to rob him, say police. That's when the undercover officer shot Walker in the head and killed him.
"You know you have 15, 16 year old kids out here wielding firearms, that's a very dangerous situation," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Rodney Monroe told WBTV.
"I don't think that was the case," said Walker's mother, Faith Walker, "Either way, he shot my son three times, once in the head."
Chief Monroe defended the decision to hold an armed undercover operation at an elementary school. He claimed that the staff working there were not in danger, even though there were gunshots.
"Anytime you conduct an undercover operation, what's a good location?" said Chief Monroe. "Whether it's a shopping mall or neighborhood, there's no real perfect location."
Neighborhood resident Johnnie Crank told WBTV: "It's been quiet in this neighborhood, ain't nothing happened over here, everything been good, it's always somebody come in the neighborhood and do this, it ain't nobody in our neighborhood."
The second teen involved in the drug sting, Davion Drayton, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.