An armed teenager in the Bronx was shot by police Sunday after he allegedly refused to drop his gun.
According to the New York Police Department, two rookie police officers responded to gunfire near East 151st Street and Cortlandt Avenue at about 3 a.m. The officers reportedly saw Shaaliver Douse carrying a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and chasing another male.
Authorities say Douse was ordered to drop his weapon, but he did not.
"I heard the police ask him to disarm himself," said Danilo Batista, who lives across the street from the crime scene, to Newsday. "He was chasing another kid."
An officer shot Douse one time in the lower left jaw. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he does not think there is anything the officers could have done differently. The two officers joined the force in January this year.
Douse was not unknown to police, CBS 2 reported. He was arrested May 16 in connection with a gang shooting at a gas station. He was charged as an adult in the crime, according to Newsday. Witnesses did not cooperate and in the end those charges were later dropped.
Sources: CBS, Newsday