Prosecutor reviewing teen’s shooting by police
HAYMARKET, Va. – Prince William County police released few new details Saturday about an officer’s fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy outside a home in Haymarket pending an investigation by Democratic Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert into whether the shooting was justified, a police spokesman said.
Officer Nathaniel J. Probus said the inquiry is expected to be completed within a week.
Probus said Saturday that one officer who was among the first to arrive on the scene Friday fired more than one shot from a handgun, Probus said. The officer remains on routine administrative leave after the incident, said Probus, who declined to say how many times the boy was struck, the identities of the boy or length of time the officer has been on the force.
The shooting occurred outside the townhouse at around 10:45 a.m. Friday.
Multiple officers including a tactical response team converged at the address after receiving information that one of the parties involved had a bomb strapped to his chest and was holding a family member hostage, police said. When they arrived, they found the 15-yearold outside his home.
Police said during the encounter, the teen brandished a crowbar, began walking toward the officers in a threatening manner, and refused commands to drop the crowbar.
No bomb was found, police said.