Gun toting minor shot by police Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2018 00:00

Police officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit responded to information of a male person in possession of a firearm near the intersection of Raccoon and Seagull streets about 5:15 p.m. on June 2, 2018. The officers proceeded to the location and there they saw a male person fitting the description which was given. Upon seeing the officers, the person attempted to flee and the officers set chase behind him. While chasing him, the male person retrieved a chrome firearm from a knapsack he was carrying and pointed it in the direction of the officers. As a result, one of the GSU personnel used his issued firearm and fired shots at the individual.

The individual, identified as a 13-year-old Elwin Pitter, was shot to both feet. Officers retrieved the firearm, a chrome .38 Special Revolver, in the presence of the minor’s grandmother before he was transported to the KHMH for treatment. He is currently under police guard but upon his release, he will be charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault, a count of kept firearm without a license, and another count of kept ammunition without a license.

While these are the version of events according to police, the minor’s family claims that the incident happened quite differently. According to the minor’s father and grandmother, he was traveling to his grandmother’s home with a knapsack and stereo system, not a firearm. Both Sharlene Lobo, grandmother, and Roy Pitter, father, maintain that the minor is not a troublemaker.