A Virginia family is speaking out about the killing of their 15-year old son after Prince William County police shot and killed him at the family’s home on 9/15.
An officer fired several shots at the boy, who was allegedly armed with a crowbar. Apparently police feared for their lives from a skinny 15 year old with a crowbar, so they jumped right past non lethal ways to de-escalate the situation and jumped straight to killing.
The boy’s 18-year-old brother, who witnessed the shooting, still hasn’t come home because he is too traumatized from the incident, reported Fox 5.
The family did not want to release the minor’s name, but they told FOX 5 he is an honor roll student at PACE West in Gainesville who loved skateboarding and Taekwondo.
Fox 5 reported on the alleged details of the incident:
The teenager was fatally shot by a police officer who responded to his home on Hartzell Hill Lane Friday morning. Police said they received a 911 call from inside the home that someone had a bomb strapped to their chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they saw the 15-year-old boy in front of the home.
Police said at some point, he started coming towards officers with a crowbar in a threatening manner and ignored their commands to put it down. One officer fired and shot the teenager in the upper body and he died in front of his home.
The boy’s family declined to talk about what led up to the shooting, but they said he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They also declined to talk about any possible mental issues.
They believe his death was unnecessary and say this is a tragic case of police brutality.
“Our little kid, only 5 foot, so skinny,” said Oscar Urbina, the 15-year-old’s father. “Big policeman – come on. You have a Taser. Then perhaps take him to a hospital to evaluate. That is what should have happened … It’s horrible. We are still grieving him and we just came from cremation just a few minutes ago and for just someone to come out and say, ‘Oh, it’s justified. Okay, goodbye.’ No, no, you can’t say goodbye to us. Our family has been destroyed. We will never have a life.”
The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)