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14-Year-Old Jesse Romero Killed By Cops After Allegedly Shooting At Them


A 14-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in Los Angeles, the LAPD has confirmed.

The shooting took place in Boyle Heights as officers were investigating vandalism at around 5:30 pm local time on Tuesday.

Police gave chase to two young boys when one of them fired at the police, said LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Arcos at a news conference.

The victim has been identified as Jesse Romero.

The Deputy Chief said,

Investigators retrieved a loaded handgun from the scene which is being analyzed for finger prints.

Meanwhile, Arcos confirmed the officer responsible for shooting dead the young teenager was wearing a video camera, which will be looked into.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

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Arcos alluded to gang crime in that area of LA but did not confirm the boy was part of a gang.

He said,

Romero was the 12th person shot dead by police in Los Angeles this year.

His mother, Teresa Dominguez, 36, told the LA Times,

Mourners left flowers outside of her apartment.