Suspect's father in officer-involved shooting speaks out -

Suspect's father in officer-involved shooting speaks out

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ST. LOUIS, MO ( – Charges have been filed against Tyrone Harris Jr., 18, after he allegedly exchanged gunfire with detectives in an unmarked police van, but Harris’s father does not believe the police are telling the whole story.

“He wasn't a bad kid. He meant well and I don't think they should make him out to be a criminal,” Tyrone Harris Sr. said.

He tells News 4’s Rob Sneed that his son was not shooting at the police and he just happen to be somewhere at the wrong time.

“From what I heard he was there with some friends and the friends had a confrontation and they started shooting at the friend and he just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Harris Sr. said.

According to police, Harris Jr. shot at a St. Louis County police vehicle while officers sat inside. The officers then returned fire, hitting Harris Jr.

Harris Sr. claims he has tried contacting police, but has not gotten anywhere. When News 4 reached out the Department stated Harris did have a gun and that they will stand by the evidence in the case.

According to the probable cause statement, Harris is charged with four counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, five counts of armed criminal action and one count of discharging or shooting a firearm at a motor vehicle. He is currently being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

No officers were injured during the shooting. Harris Jr. remains in critical condition. 

With protests continuing Harris Sr. hopes his son survives and does not end up like the very teen he says his son was protesting for.

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