Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris on Wednesday paid a visit to a 6-year-old boy who was seriously wounded during a police gunbattle with a suspect, who was fatally wounded, on July 13.
Adriene Trevino was struck in the back while sleeping in his home near 46th and Virginia avenues in Phoenix.
Harris’ office confirmed Wednesday that it was a police bullet that struck the boy. A statement attributed to Harris said that officers ‘‘all have families and are deeply concerned every day that the innocent may suffer at the hands of those who try to victimize members of our community.’’
Harris said the police investigation into the shooting is ongoing and when it is completed he will implement policy and training changes if needed. He said the officers involved have been forthcoming about their actions in the gunfight, helped in the investigation and expressed concern for the family.
Sgt. Joel Tranter said he did not know if the officers involved had been returned to duty. He did not have information on the boy’s condition or prognosis.