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Officer Fatally Shoots Teen

A teenage boy has been killed by a Louisville police officer who chased him after he fled from a reported break-in.

Louisville police spokesman Officer Dwight Mitchell says the shooting occurred in eastern Louisville after the officer had chased the boy on foot for about a mile into a wooded area.

Mitchell says officers had responded to a call about a break-in at a home at about 7:45 last night and were confronted by two teenage boys at the home when they arrived. He says one of the boys was apprehended, but the other ran.

Mitchell says an officer chased the boy on foot, and when the teen produced a handgun, the officer fired, killing the boy.

Police did not immediately release the name of the boy or the
officer.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Officer on Paid Leave After Teen Killed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A teenager is dead the result of a police shooting and Louisville Metro officer involved is on paid administrative lead.

Police were called last night when a break-in was observed in progress. Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says two juveniles fled and one was quickly apprehendid. The other ran from the scene with Officer Thomas Hodgkins in pursuit.

The chase ended with shots being fired in a wooded area (near the Hurstbourne Landing Apartments). The Jefferson County Coroner's office has identified the youth as 16-year-old Evan Harlow of Louisville. Mitchell says Hodgkins shot the youth, who was reportedly armed. Officer Michael Perry, another officer who responded with Hodgkins, has not been placed on leave.

Deputy Coroner Larry Carroll says the teen was shot more than once. He says an autopsy is being performed to detemrine more about the death. In November 2003, Hodgkins fatally shot 27-year-old Derek Jaggers during a robbery (off the 14-thousand block of Dixie Highway).

A police investigation determined Hodgkins acted appropriately in order to save the life of the homeowner. The investigation showed that Jaggers was holding a gun to the woman's head.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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