Officer shoots 14-year-old on Northside
Teen taken to UF Health Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Police are investigating after an officer shot a 14-year-old boy in a Northside neighborhood late Friday night.
Officers were called to multiple incidents of a boy shooting a BB gun near the intersection Maple Crest Town Homes, off Harts Road. One caller to 911 about 10:15 p.m. reported the boy shooting at her windows.
An hour later, police responded to a similar call at the same apartment. Officer Josh Livengood responded and was unable to find the child or any evidence of the windows being shot at. As the officer was getting ready to leave, the caller pointed out a boy who she identified as the one shooting at her windows.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators said Livengood called out, "Hey, come over here. I would like to talk to you." As walking toward the boy, he asked him to show his hands.
Chief Tom Hackney said the boy reached for his waistline and pulled out what appeared to be a handgun. Livengood then pulled his own handgun and fired six shots. One of those shots hit the boy in the leg and caused him to fall to the ground.
The 14-year-old was taken to UF Health with non-life-threatening injuries.
Livengood has been placed on administrative leave pending results of the investigation, which is standard practice.
According to the boy's parents, he has been diagnosed with both developmental and psychiatric disorders. He has had previous encounters with police for mental health issues.
Chief of Investigations Tom Hackney confirmed at a Saturday news conference that the boy has had eight mental health contacts with the Sheriff's Office. Seven of those times the child was baker acted.
Hackney said due to record laws he can't mention the child's name but is allowed to release demographics. Hackney say the boy is a black male who did not live at the Maple Crest townhomes.
Hackney said the investigation continues and there has not been a decision about possible charges against the 14-year-old for aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer.
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