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Police in Jacksonville, Florida shot and injured a 14-year-old Black male who they say pointed an Airsoft gun at an officer, prompting him to open fire.

The officer, identified as Josh Livingood, mistook the gun for a real weapon. The teenager, who has a known history of mental illness, according to, sustained a non-life threatening injury to the leg. Livingood was one of two officers responding to a call from a woman who reported someone with a BB gun was shooting at her windows and doors.

When Livingood arrived on the scene and told the teenager to put his hands in the air, he allegedly pulled out the Airsoft gun and pointed it at him. The officer opened fire, shooting six bullets towards the unnamed teenager. One bullet struck the boy in his leg, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tom Hackney confirmed.

From Jacksonville:

The teen dropped the gun and Livingood was able to kick it away before the teen could recover the weapon, Hackney said.

The teen’s gun, designed to be non-lethal, was a gold imitation of a 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol with an orange tip, Hackney said. He said the teen was about 25 feet from Livingood and the woman who reported a prowler was near the officer.

Two unoccupied cars behind the teen were hit at least three times but the14-year-old was the only one injured in the shooting.

The teenager, who was transported to a nearby hospital, does not have a criminal record, Hackney said, but does have “developmental and psychiatric disorders,” NBC reports.

“It’s a sad and unfortunate thing that it turns out that it was a BB gun, but it would be as equally sad and as equally unfortunate if that officer hesitated because he wasn’t sure it was a BB gun and I’m out here updating you on a dead police officer,” Hackney told reporters overnight.

This is at least the third time in over a year that a police officer has shot an individual holding a fake weapon. November marked a year since Cleveland, Ohio police shot Tamir Rice — the 12-year-old boy who was playing in the park with a toy gun when he was fatally gunned down by Officer Timothy Loehmann.

Livingood has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

SOURCE: NBC, Jacksonville | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform

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4 thoughts on “Florida Police Shoot, Injure 14-Year-Old Black Male Carrying Airsoft Gun

  1. reflections on said:

    The news media outlets have close relationships with the police. 90% of the news comes directly from the police The media and the police are in business together. This partnership is what allows the police to kill african americans and the mentally ill and only receive paid vacations. The media both print and television are bias and only repeat the police narrative.

  2. I live in Jacksonville, FL, and what’s not mentioned in this piece, is that this mentally disturbed child has had 8 WellCare visits from the police; in which 7 of those visits, the child was taken from the home and Backer Act. My next question is…why in the hell didn’t DCF due their due diligence, and remove this child from the home, if the parents could not take care of him? We are spending resources on police protection, and this is how they are spending city resources? This child isn’t a check to line someone’s pocket, because they do not want the money to go to an institution? Or get off their butts and get a real job, if your NOT GOING TO BE AN ADULT and take care of this child. He needs therapy, and lots of it, and if the parent can’t provided adequate transportation, mental and emotional care, then he need to become a ward of the state, and not in a pine box!

  3. specialt757 on said:

    He’s a lucky little boy. He’s got “developmental and psychiatric disorders”, where is his parents and why does he have a bb gun? Recipe for disaster.

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