Arizona prosecutors to review fatal shooting of boy, 14, by police officer

Prosecutors in Arizona will review whether to bring charges in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy by a Tempe police officer.

Antonio Arce, 14, was holding a replica gun when he was shot to death last month by a police officer who responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle.

The officer, Joseph Jaen, found Antonio burglarizing a truck, police have said. The teen fled holding the non-lethal airsoft gun, and was running away when the officer shot him, body camera footage shows.

The police department has sent its investigation of the 15 January shooting to the Maricopa county attorney’s office for review, officials said Wednesday night.

“As with all officer involved shootings, the Maricopa county attorney’s office will review the facts of this case and ultimately make a charging decision,” the Tempe police department said in a statement.


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