- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A black teenager carrying a BB gun was shot in the leg by a Florida officer responding to a 911 call about an armed prowler, authorities said Saturday.

Officers were dispatched twice late Friday to a Jacksonville townhome complex when a woman called 911 about a teen shooting a pellet gun at her windows, said Tom Hackney, director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

After the second call, Officer Josh Livingood encountered the teen outside the woman’s home.

The teen, 14, initially obeyed orders to show his hands but then pulled out a gun concealed at his waist and pointed it at Livingood, who repeatedly told him to drop it, Hackney said.

Livingood fired six shots, striking the teen once in his left leg. The teen continued to try to reach for the gun after he fell to the ground until Livingood kicked it away, Hackney said.

The teen has been hospitalized. The sheriff’s office has had at least eight previous interactions with the teen for mental health issues, Hackney said.

“He has, according to his family now, been diagnosed with both developmental and psychiatric disorders,” Hackney said.

The teen’s gun was a gold imitation of a 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol with an orange tip that Livingood did not initially see when the teen pointed it at him, Hackney said.

The teen does not live in the townhome complex and did not know the woman who reported his actions to 911, Hackney said.

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