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

(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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  • by Jeff Poe Location: Clay City on May 1, 2007 at 04:38 PM
    I think the police officer acted within reason and the shooting was justifiable.If teenagers are going to play a mans game their going to have to realize that there are a mans consequences to be paid.
  • by JC Location: Madison Co on May 1, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    I think the officer was correct, when the teen pulled a gun on the officer, it then became self defense. My prayers are for all involved.
  • by Stephen Location: Wilmore on May 1, 2007 at 07:05 AM
    I wholly agree with Mel. And I'll bet the activists come from the woodwork pretty soon. The teenagers death is unfortunate. The cops actions necessary. That's why we call it law and order!
  • by Ryan Location: Lex on May 1, 2007 at 05:42 AM
    It's a shame that our young kids can't learn from the mistakes of others.. I am constantly amazed just how little people value their own lives and their freedom these days. What could there have been in that house that was worth spending years in prison for, or worse giving his life for? I just don't get it. I guess the only bright spot is that he didn't get the chance to use his weapon on the cop. This reminds me of the boys that were sent to jail this week for beating up the hotel worker....What a waste of a life for nothing. Think before you act people.
  • by mel Location: lex on May 1, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    Before all the "bad cop" comments start appearing, please understand that police officers are absolutely within protocol to fire when a gun is pointed at them. They are taught that if they pull their gun, they shoot the largest body mass (chest area) and only to down the victim, i.e., kill them...not shoot them in the leg to slow them down or fire into the air to scare them. It's unfortunate that this 16 year old had a gun and was robbing a house and as a result is now dead. The officer was doing his job exactly as instructed and it's also unfortunate that he now has to live with what he was forced to do.


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