NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The NYPD says one of its officers shot and killed a teen inside a Bronx home on Thursday.
Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the shooting happened following a struggle with the suspect. He said an officer from the Special Narcotics Unit fired one time, striking 18-year-old Rahmarley Graham in the chest.
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The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the bathroom of the apartment house where Graham lived with his mother and grandmother.
Graham was rushed to Montefiore Hospital and pronounced dead. The suspect's mother, Constance Malcolm, claims police chased her son because he had marijuana on him and that he was unarmed.
"Everybody's kids get into trouble. He smoked a little weed, but you know, like all the little, young kids does. And that's what he had on him when they were chasing him," Malcolm told 1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria.
Police said they did not recover a weapon from the scene. They also said Graham had prior arrests.
The suspect's mother also said that the teen's grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the house at the time of the shooting.
"In the bathroom they shot him. My 6-year-old son was there and saw everything," Malcolm said. "I'm going to get justice."
The NYPD's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the details.
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