Teenager Shot And Killed By Police Officer

A police officer who killed a teenager after the boy fled the scene of a reported break-in had been involved in a previous fatal shooting, a spokesman said.

Evan Harlow, 16, died Monday after being shot more than once, deputy Coroner Larry Carroll said.

Louisville Metro Police Officer Tom Hodgkins, who shot Harlow, fatally shot another person in 2003 while investigating a home invasion, police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Hodgkins shot Harlow after he and Officer Michael Perry responded to call at 7:45 p.m. EDT about a break-in at a home in eastern Louisville, Mitchell said.

The officers were confronted by two teenage boys at the home when they arrived, Mitchell said. One of the boys was apprehended there, but the other ran, Mitchell said.

Hodgkins chased Harlow on foot for about a mile into a wooded area and when the teen produced a handgun, the officer fired, killing the boy, Mitchell said.

Hodgkins was placed on administrative leave while the Louisville
Metro Police Public Integrity Unit investigated the shooting, Mitchell said.

Hodgkins acted appropriately in 2003 when he killed Derek Jaggers, 27, during a robbery attempt at a home, according to a police investigation at the time, Mitchell said.

The investigation showed Hodgkins acted to save the life of the
homeowner, who had a gun held to her head, Mitchell said.

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


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  • by Bentley Location: Louisville on Feb 4, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    Okay evan just squared up.wouldnt you. L.I.F.E
  • by kristin Location: louisville on Nov 12, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    im so tired of looking on the internet and seeing comments from people saying its evans fault he was killed. i can almost guarentee you didnt know him. he was at my house two hours before that cop took his life away. him and my buddy nick called me to chill and of course i wasnt by my phone. its hard for me to just wake up every morning living without him. he was my hero and will continue to be hero till the end of time. evan had so much potential, he lit up the room when he walked in. to this day i cant accept the fact that hes gone. but i hope he knows me and many others are stilling living for him. i pass up his cross every day when im going to school and work and i always throw the dueces to him. he was a true solider and i know if that cop let him have a second chance he would of made it extremely far in life. honestly, i would of rather it been me who was laid to rest. i would of done anything to keep evan here. its not fair that he had to go, he just turned 16.. he was a kid.
  • by ERIC Location: LOUISVILLE on Oct 24, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    THAT FAT COP KILLED MY BEST FREIND EVAN DIDINT EVEN SHOOT
  • by breann Location: in evans heart no matter wat on Sep 4, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    rip evan harlow aka boii boii aka easy e i love an miss u so much i look an pray ever nite i want u to came back baby i need u i cry ever nite over u gest came down one more time so i can give u a kiss well i love u evan an i will see u up there soon i hope love always evan harlows baby gurl
  • by ashley Location: da vill on Mar 3, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    that was wrong rip evan harlow
  • by baby j Location: Tha 502 on Dec 5, 2007 at 11:05 AM
    Jus Let Evan Rest In Peace... Love You JoDiE
  • by Deezy F. Baby Location: Louisville KY on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:57 AM
    Ok Listen all yal this David i know the boy from skool ya need to let him be i miss him the hole fam does and ya the friends he mad(bloods) also do too! you dont know him to be juging him like dat ok now let him rest in peace RIP Evan Harlow ....PS...deep down he pull the gun out cuz he was upset He wanted to get shoot she was depress !
  • by baby j Location: tha 502 on Sep 27, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    thanks jj.... it feels good to know that sum1 out there has some respect... we all miss evan terribly... for reel.... rest in peace to the late great evan harlow... love you boi boi
  • by jj Location: ShiVE ly on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:57 PM
    YEA FER REAL YEA GOTTA HAVE RESPECT FO HIM YALL DONT KNOW WHAT ALL WENT DOWN JUSS SHUT UP CUZ YOU MOST LIKELY HAVE NOT EVEN THE SLIGHTEST IDEA
  • by baby j Location: the 502 on Aug 7, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    listen... for all of you who did not know evan harlow you need to be respectful for those of us who did including myself. It is so hard losing someone like him because he was one in a million. there is no other person lik evan. you need to shut you mouths because in the police report the gun he had was found 6 YARDS away from his body... answer me this question. how in the hell could he have shot at the officer when the gun was found that far away from were he died.. you cant... so have some respect and keep your rude comments to yourself. No one wants to hear them to be honest.. RIP to ther late great evan harlow.
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