- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two law enforcement officers who shot a 14-year-old boy they said pointed a gun at them during a foot chase won’t face criminal charges, a grand jury decided Monday.

The officers said that after a ShotSpotter system reported shots fired in a Trenton neighborhood on Aug. 7, they arrived and ordered the boy, another juvenile and a man to stop. After the 14-year-old boy ran off, the officers gave chase and both said he turned around and pointed a gun at them before they fired a combined 15 shots, the state attorney general’s office said.

The boy was shot three times in the legs and buttocks and later was charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault and gun crimes.

The other teenager told investigators that the three had a dispute with a group of young men who fired three shots at them. He told investigators that he saw the 14-year-old run and then throw something toward the street before the police opened fire. A .22-caliber handgun wasn’t found until the next day when an emergency vehicle was moved.

An associate of the boys told investigators that the 14-year-old retrieved a community gun, available to anyone who wanted to use it, before the shooting, the attorney general’s office said.

That witness said that the teen told him he fired two or three shots during a dispute in a park before the gun jammed. Investigators said the gun that was found was jammed and was defaced, its serial numbers removed.

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This story has been corrected to say the officers ordered two teens and a man to stop, not two teens.

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