D.C. Preteen Allegedly Tries to Kidnap Armed Off-Duty Federal Officer, 13-Year-Old Killed in Shooting
The 12-year-old boy who allegedly participated in an attempted carjacking that resulted in the death of A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed late on Saturday, October 28, in northwest Washington, DC.
when he tried to steal a car from its owner, while another minor of 12 years old, who was with the first, managedeither escape, according to reportor Sunday the metropolitan police.
The child who was a runaway could be recorded by a surveillance camera, and his image was broadcast on local television, but on Tuesday he was handed over by his own mother, police authorities indicated. A judge ordered the minor to be held in the DC juvenile detention center during a hearing Wednesday.
There was a $10,000 reward for valid information to identify and arrest the runaway minor.
In a press release, police saideither that around 10.00 pm on Saturday, the 13-year-old teenager and his alleged 12-year-old accomplice attemptedThey stole the vehicle whose driver, a federal security officer, had parked it in the 600 block of D Street, in the Penn Quarter neighborhood located in the Northwest (NW) area of DC, while waiting for his shift to start.
The police also reported that the victim announced that this couple approached him and demanded that he get out of the car, and one of them - later identified as Vernard Toney, Jr. and a resident of the Southeast (SE) area of the city - , had his hand in his front waist pocket, “acting like he had a gun.”
One of the children yelled, “Do you know what this is?” the detective testified.
Thomas O'Donnell, who is in charge of the case.
He explained that because of that action, the security officer got out of his car, pulled out his own gun, and shot Toney.
The teenager was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly after.
Police also said the off-duty officer's firearm is a legally owned pistol and that the officer is cooperating with the investigation.
However, it is still unclear whether the deceased teen or the other suspect had a firearm.
"It's still under investigation," said acting Metropolitan Police Chief Pamela Smith. "It takes us a little bit of time to really look at all the video surveillance and other things we might need to close the case."
The security officer who shot Toney is not currently facing criminal charges.