15-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot By Police During Stolen Vehicle Investigation

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On Wednesday, police in Phoenix, Arizona, fatally shot a 15-year-old boy, Juan Carlos Bojorquez.

Authorities confirmed that the incident occurred as they were investigating a stolen car in Glendale.

Police say that the teen disclosed that a firearm was in the vehicle, but once they attempted to get him out of the car, he began to resist.

Then, they say the teen attempted to reach in a location where they thought the gun was located, so they shot him.

The wounded teen was transported to a medical facility where he died.

A 16-year-old passenger, Elijah Garcia, the boy’s cousin, was also in the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody. Garcia stated that there was a weapon in the vehicle, but his cousin wasn’t reaching for it. Instead, he was attempting to undo his seatbelt.

“My nephew was in the wrong with a stolen vehicle. But c’mon. No one deserves to die like that. Nobody,” stated the boy’s aunt.

Juan Carlos’s relatives say that they didn’t know why he had a firearm nor did they have knowledge about the stolen car. However, they wish there was a different ending. They are planning to hire an attorney and are seeking justice in the officer-related shooting.

The undercover officer who shot the teen has been put on administrative leave.



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