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Police shoot 16-year-old in west Phoenix

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:18 am | Updated: 10:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital after being shot by a Phoenix police officer.

Sgt. Joel Tranter says police responded to a west Phoenix apartment complex after receiving a call that an armed man was chasing and screaming at a woman through the complex.

Tranter says officers approached a third-floor apartment where they heard a loud disturbance inside.

Moments after officers announced themselves, Tranter says the boy lunged out of the door pointing a gun at them.

One officer shot the boy once, after which the boy yelled, "It's a BB gun!"

The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It's unclear whether he had a real gun or a replica.

The officer who shot the boy is a 17-year veteran of the force.

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