KILLADELPHIA: Cops Kill 15-Year-Old With Iron

skeleton-running.gifINQUIRER: A 15-year-old who reportedly lunged at police with a clothing iron was fatally shot this afternoon by an officer who responded to an emergency call for help from the teen’s mother in their Crescentville home, police said. Vanore said that at about 1:30 p.m., police responded to a 911 call for help on a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 600 block of Brill Street. Shortly after arriving, there was a confrontation with the teen, who “had an object in his hand that he was using as a weapon,” Vanore said. A police source said the object was a clothing iron. The officer discharged his weapon, striking the teen in the chest, police said. He was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. It was unclear whether police first attempted to subdue the teen with pepper spray or a stun gun. This year, police have fatally shot 14 people. Last year, 20 people were killed in police shootings, the most since 1980, according to statistics kept by the FBI. MORE

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