Heavily Armed Teen Shot To Death

A heavily armed 13-year-old boy was shot to death after shooting a Harnett County Officer in the leg Tuesday.

It happened in Harnett County and the town of Cameron early Tuesday morning. Authorities say the 13-year-old was heavily armed when deputies found him sitting in a ditch. He had a semi-automatic pistol and 250 rounds of ammunition. When the deputy told the boy to show him his hands, lawmen say the teen fired a different pistol that was stuffed in his waistband, and hit the deputy in the thigh.

Two deputies returned fire, and the teen died. The injured deputy has been released from the hospital.

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  • by JL Location: Washington on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    If you want to find fault with this "crime-ridden" world, again I say, Dont blame the police. The politicians that shell out laws and punisments that are way too lenient, judges that care more about getting re-elected and gaining popularity by letting criminals go, bondsmen and defense attorneys that litterally earn a living by getting / keeping criminals out of jail...these are who you should point your finger at. I agree, it is frustrating. Our hands are tied. We all suffer because of a FAILED justice system, but how do you think WE feel? We put our lives on the line to arrest and prosecute these people, and they are back on the street before we complete the paperwork. And, as far as we "good ol' boys" who have never done anything to help you, think about that the next time you dial 911. Also remember, we have rules to play by, criminals dont. So if your frustration is merely the result of you not getting your way on some issue, remember...our job is to protect your butt, not kiss it.
  • by USCG Vet Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    I agree with you JL in Washington!
  • by G-Vegas Mom Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    I have read several of these comments, and they go back and forth between the child and the officer. Does anyone reading this remember Columbine or Virginia Tech? If this officer had not been placed in that situation, A LOT of students could have died. I am grateful for the officers and soldiers who protect us and allow us to sleep at night. This kid obviously had underlying issues that no one knew about or paid attention too. Why is it that people feel like the only answer to solving any problem on their own is to be violent? If you look at someone the wrong way, it could result in your death. Why do both children and adults no longer have a conscience or believ in right and wrong? Do not blame those who protect us, we should blame ourselves as a society. This child could have killed your child that day...think about that.
  • by Dear JL on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    If this crime ridden world is the "blanket of protection" you speak of, I have zero thanks to you. You and your good ol boys never did a thing for me.
  • by reachingforhelp on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    Ive been following this story in the news when it broke last week. The sad thing is this could have been provented. This child was heading to school with these guns. His myspace told how mad he was, how upset and how he was gonna get even. Parents have got to pay attention to their children, school authority figures have got to watch for warning signs, All the signs were there. Im am very sorry for the family who has lost a son, but I am also greatful that no other child was lost in what could have very well been another columbine!
  • by JL Location: Washington, NC on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    J, there is no such thing as learning to shoot, non-fatally. When an officer has to resort to using his firearm, it is a DEADLY FORCE SITUATION. ALWAYS. You shoot to stop a deadly or threatening action. You shoot center mass and you shoot until the action is neutralized. All that talk about shooting non-fatally is TV, not real life. You dont shoot with the intent to kill, but shooting is deadly force. My partner died on duty by being shot in the leg. That kid made a bad choice that unfortunately cost him his life. Blame him, blame his parents, his school, whoever....dont point the finger at the cops. And if you cant fathom that way of thinking, then sleep well under the blanket of protection that we provide to you and leave the police business to the professionals. You dont tell your doctors or dentists how to do their jobs....show us the same courtesy. We know what we are doing. My heart goes out to the family of the child and to the deputies and their families. Mazel-tov, guys.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    They should train these police to actually learn to shoot non-fatally... the moment they do thay the other person shoots back & they die. come on think before you post.
  • by short one Location: zebulon NC on Jan 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    Pirateman-piratelady, you have got to be joking taking a life is never easy or necessary, for a police officer it should be difficult, and there should be training not just to shoot but to Identify awkward positions that allow things like this to happen. Our young need to be monitored and checked more closely by parents as to where they are and what they are doing. I cannot understand why those parents had not reported this child missing or as a runaway so authorities would be looking and aware that this child was out there. The Officers did not error, the child was lost and the system failed. mom and Dad will heart the community will be confused the other children will be thinking that could be me or that should've been me, at least its over for him.That's the Struggle our children face each and every day. Why because the family structure is broken and the village concept is gone. You train the police I say train the family and the community to recognize these problems, how to react
  • by J Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    They should train these police to actually learn to shoot non-fatally.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    So sad, b/c this was a child trying to be a man carrying around a weapon, but those are the consequences of shooting at a police officer.

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