Teen Carrying Fake Gun Shot By Battle Creek Police Officer

Posted at 5:08 PM, Nov 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-16 20:11:43-05

BC ShootingBATTLE CREEK, Mich.- A teenager who was carrying a fake gun was shot by a Battle Creek Police Officer on Saturday afternoon.

According to the police department, a 911 call came in that Nick King, 14, was walking near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Upton Street while carrying a pistol. The caller continued to say that King took off into the bushes toward the Drive Thru Party Store.

On the way to the scene, police reported that dispatch told them King had gone inside the store. When they arrived, they found the teenager in the driveway and ordered him to show his hands. That’s when they said King displayed what appeared to be a ‘large caliber handgun.’  The officer fired one shot. King dropped the gun and took off on foot, according to officers at the scene.

The BCPD said the officers found the suspect a short distance from the store and that he had a single gunshot wound.

King was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave.

The department said the fake gun King was carrying was a replica of a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun.

The officer that fired the shot is a 21 year veteran with the BCPD.  He has been place on paid administrative leave.