Agents in Philadelphia killed a 12-year-old boy who was running away from them; security camera video captured part of the chase

The victim, identified as Thomas Siderio, was shot in the upper right area of ​​his back while fleeing from officers in Philadelphia.

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The four Philadelphia police officers involved in an incident in which a 12-year-old boy was fatally shot they are under administrative leave until an administrative investigation into the facts is completed.

The death was reported Tuesday when agents assigned to the city’s South Task Force conducted an investigation into illegal possession of drugs when they identified a first adolescent they wanted to interview in connection with the inquiries.

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the officers drove to the 17-year-old boy (who was standing next to the 12-year-old) and turned on their sirens.

“At that point, they heard gunshots and glass through the passenger seat window,” authorities say.

I’m bleeding!” one of the officers is heard saying on a Ring camera recording in a house in the area.

An officer was struck by glass shards. while two others they chased the 12-year-old that he would have shot the patrol, although this information is not entirely clear.

One of the officers fired his weapon twice.

The victim identified as Thomas Sideriowas wounded in the upper right area of ​​the back and the bullet exited through the left area of ​​the chest. He was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital..

The officer injured by the glass received hospital treatment and was released.

The other teenager that the police were initially looking for was interviewed by agents and released.

At the scene, a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser was recovered. The authorities want to make sure the gunman was Siderio.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has so far maintained that the minor was armed and was the one who started the shooting attack.

“Last night, a child with a gun in his hand intentionally shot at our officers, and miraculously none of the officers were seriously injured,” Outlaw told media.

“However, this young man’s life was tragically cut short, and we must all question how we as a society have failed him and other young people like him. I ask the community to unite and for us to be the community, the people, that we were meant to be and that our children need,” added the police spokesman.

Outlaw assured that the Internal Affairs Division of your department will conduct a fair investigation already bottom.

Siderio was a seventh grader at Sharswood Elementary School. The minor had been reported missing in April 2020but returned to her every four days afterwards.