Police: St. Louis County officer kills Lavon Peete

8:57 AM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis County, Mo (KSDK) -- The family of 15-year old Levon Peete wants an F.B.I. investigation after a St. Louis County police officers shot and killed him.

St. Louis County police say Peete was shot after pointing a sawed-off rifle at an officer.

It was the third officer-involved shooting in the St. Louis-area in less than a week.

The officer who shot him is on administrative leave, which is a routine procedure in these situations. The officer has been with the St. Louis County Police Department for seven years and was a former Marine.

The teen was killed in the Glasgow Village area of North St. Louis County late Wednesday night.

Peete lived with his family in Bel-Ridge and was a student at Innovative Concept Academy at St. Louis' Blewett School. It's a school for children with behavioral challenges.

But Peete's relatives say he would not have carried a firearm
His mother, Donita Peete, told NewsChannel 5's Sharon Stevens that he was in Glasgow Village visiting a cousin.

Police said they heard gunshots, so an officer went to the scene. The officer found three males in a common area behind a vacant home in Glasgow Village that had previously been burglarized. They said one of the teens was holding a sawed-off shotgun.

Police say Peete refused to lower a sawed-off rifle, even after an officer ordered him to put it down.

The officer shot and killed Peete.

Donita Peete says she believes the police killed an innocent child.

Police say the officers found shell casings and live ammo in Peete's pockets. They are searching for the two teens that ran away.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the shooting was a tragedy for the family and that the officer did what he was trained to do in a threatening situation.

County prosecutor Bob McCullough will decide whether there will be charges against the officer.


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