ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The family of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a St. Louis County police officer in north St. Louis County wants the FBI to further investigate the incident.
St. Louis County police said Lavon Peete was shot after he pointed a sawed-off rifle at an officer.
Peete’s mother, Donita Peete, said her son was visiting a cousin in the Glasgow Village neighborhood when the shooting occurred.
According to authorities, police responded to the 100 block of Glen Garry around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday after an officer reported hearing gunshots.
When officers arrived, they saw three teenage boys and noticed Peete had some sort of weapon. Police said one of the officers approached the group and identified himself as a police officer.
Authorities said Peete reportedly turned and pointed a sawed-off rifle at the officer. The officer shot and killed him.
According to reports, investigators later found empty rifle shells on the ground near Peete. Additional shells were found in his pockets, police said.
Authorities said two other teens that ran from the scene are being sought by police for questioning.
The officer who shot the teen is a seven-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department and has been placed on administrative leave.
Peete’s family says the boy was a student at Innovative Concept Academy at St. Louis’ Blewett School for children with behavioral challenges.
St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCullough will determine whether charges will be filed against the officer.