Police in Baltimore, Maryland are investigating an officer-involved shooting this evening after a 13-year-old was shot while holding a replica gun.
According to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, the incident took place around 4 p.m. local time when two plain clothes officers saw the teen with what they claimed looked like semi-automatic firearm. A foot chase ensued, and one of the officers shot the teen when he attempted to flee.
Police officials say they have no reason to believe officers involved in the shooting acted inappropriately.
"I have no reason to believe that these officers acted inappropriately in any way," @CommishKDavis says.
— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) April 27, 2016
After the teen was shot, witnesses say his mother was taken into custody for questioning.
Correction: Mother of 14 shot taken in for questioning, not arrested acc'ding to police. Witness video compressed. pic.twitter.com/t66dTLBn5g
— J. M. Giordano photo (@jmgpix) April 27, 2016
The officer-involved shooting comes at a tense time for the city, which has seen 16 people shot and nine people killed over past three days, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton. The incident also occurred a year after Freddie Gray died in police custody, kicking off an uprising in the city.
While the story is developing, the teen is expected to survive his injuries.