Photo: Fake Gun That Prompted Officer-Involved Shooting

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Photo courtesy Battle Creek Police

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A 14-year-old is listed in stable condition Monday after being shot by a Battle Creek police officer Saturday.

According to a press release, police received a 911 call came that Nick King was walking near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Upton Street carrying a pistol.

King’s gun was fake and he was coming out of the Drive Thru Party Store when police located him.

The release says that officers ordered him to surrender and raise his hands, and that the officer fired a shot when they saw “a large caliber pistol.”  King then dropped the gun and fled on foot, and was found a short distance away with a gunshot wound.

Michigan State Police are investigating the shooting and the officer, a 21-year veteran, is on paid leave.

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  • Denise

    The child should not have had a play gun, and when approached by the police officer, he should not have shown this toy. It is not the police officer's fault. Parents…start parenting! Notice the picture of the mom with the son in the hospital. Sorry, but she looks like she is smiling for the camera. Really? Your son is in intensive care, and you are worried about smiling for the camera? What are your priorities…your 5 minutes of fame? I am appalled.

    • kdude

      An earlier story said she told him not to leave the house with it for this reason, but as far as I know she never contacted police to notify them her kid was walking the streets with a fake gun…

  • Ray

    In the dark that "PLAY" gun does not look fake. The Police officer was doing his job as he was trained to protect and serve the community. He was protecting the community by someone who was brandishing a gun. If I own a gun and brandish it in front on ANYONE, it is against the law. So why should someone that has a so called "FAKE" gun be any different.
    I would like to say, I feel Sorry for this boy and his family. I hope and pray that he survives and goes onto live a Great Life. But in todays evil world and society, we need to protect ourselves and so do Police Officers.

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