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Off-Duty Aurora Cop Kills Juvenile Carrying Gun

Updated 1/8/11 9:42 a.m.

AURORA, Ill. (STMW) - A juvenile was fatally shot by an off-duty Aurora police officer who allegedly saw him shooting at a group of kids Friday afternoon in the west suburb.

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According to police spokesman Dan Ferrelli, at about 3:28 p.m. the off-duty officer was driving near Fifth and South streets when he saw a juvenile shooting at a group of kids. The officer got out of the car and identified himself as an Aurora police officer, Ferrelli said. The officer told the juvenile to drop the gun, Ferrelli said.

The juvenile did not drop the gun so the officer shot him, Ferrelli said.

The male offender, who is unidentified, was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center and was pronounced dead at around 5:30 this afternoon after being taken into surgery, according to a Friday evening release from Ferrelli. An autopsy is pending.

Police recovered the juvenile's gun at the scene, he said.

The officer is an 11 year Aurora Police Department veteran. Pursuant to department policies on officer involved shootings, he will be assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The victim's age was not immediately available, Ferrelli said.

No one else was injured in the shooting, Ferrelli said. There have been no arrests or charges, Ferrelli said.

Aurora Police Department's Investigative Deadly Force Team (IDFT), who investigate any incidents using deadly force, are investigating.


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