Police: Runaway juvenile dies in shootout with officers

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a juvenile runaway has been killed in a gun battle with police.

<a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/crime%E2%80%94courts/spotsylvania-officer-shoots-kills-juvenile-suspected-in-drive-by-shootings/article%E2%80%940d6a475c-d9d2-5bc4-8b09-19fa407c2184.html”>The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg reported Friday</a> that the juvenile was described as a runaway from New Jersey suspected of involvement in two drive-by shootings.

Spotsylvania County Sheriff Roger Harris said the boy initially followed orders to put down his weapon as officers approached him Thursday afternoon, but then he picked it back up and motioned toward them. The sheriff says the juvenile and one officer exchanged fire, and the boy was hit several times. The officers were not injured.

Authorities have not released any of their identities or races.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.fredericksburg.com/”>http://www.fredericksburg.com/</a>

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