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Fla. teen shot dead by cops during domestic dispute

Police vehicle at the crime scene in Miramar, Florida. March 16, 2012.
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(CBS) MIRAMAR, Fla. - A Florida teen who was shot by police during a domestic violence dispute has died, reports CBS Miami.

Miramar police say 17-year-old Corey Nesbitt was pronounced dead Saturday after he was taken to the hospital Friday following the shooting.

"I want answers, I want answers," said Nesbitt's mother, Owena. "I want to speak with the district attorney personally concerning this matter."

"They shot him down like he was a dog," she said. "They did not have to do that."

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said officers were called to a residence around 9 p.m. to intervene in a domestic dispute

The Miami Herald reports that as officers talked to the relative who had made the 911 call, Corey Nesbitt "came out of the residence armed with a knife and charged at the person being interviewed," according to a police press release.

"I am going to kill you," officers quoted Nesbitt as saying, Rues said Monday.

When Nesbitt ignored commands to stop and drop the knife, both officers opened fire, Rues said.

Rues would not say how many shots were fired. "It was a volatile situation where the man who called police feared for his life," said Rues. "The actions were those of officers trying to protect someone from being killed. They put their lives on the line."

The officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting is underway, Rues said. That is standard policy in such cases, she said.

  • Katie Wiggin

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