Shooting of teenager by officer ruled 'justifiable self-defense'

The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office found that a police officer was justified in the shooting of a teenager who was accused of stabbing his mother and threatening to burn down an apartment building.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office found that a police officer was justified in the shooting of a teenager who was accused of stabbing his mother and threatening to burn down an apartment building.

Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood released his legal review decision letter Monday.

The incident happened on July 20, 2016.

Underwood said Officers C. Kiene and A. Pittman went to 2334 Maltby Avenue after they received a report that a 15-year-old boy stabbed his mother and said he was going to set fire to an apartment building there.

As the officers approached the building, the boy ran towards them with a knife. Kiene pulled back, telling the teenager to put down the knife. The boy did not listen, and Kiene fired, hitting the 15-year-old.

Underwood wrote in his letter that neither Kiene nor Pittman "took any physical action toward the male juvenile to initiate the the confrontation resulting in his wounding."

The boy and his mother received treatment at the scene and at the hospital.

Underwood said:

No charges will be sought with respect to the wounding of the male juvenile as Officer Kiene acted in justifiable self-defense.

Underwood added that several mental health evaluations with different evaluators found the teenager not competent to stand trial on charges related to the attack on his mother and the attempt to burn down the building. The court found him "unrestorably incompetent and committed him thorugh civil commitment to a juvenile psychiatric residential program." The charges against the 15-year-old remain pending.

Legal Review of Shooting of 15-year-old Boy Decision Letter by 13News Now on Scribd

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