A Brooklyn teen is the latest self-made victim after he chose to use a fake gun in the commission of a real crime.
Shortly after 12:40AM, 18 year-old Sergio Reyes was shot by police just blocks away from his Brooklyn, NY home. Reyes was allegedly trying to steal beer from a deli when an employee confronted him. That’s when Reyes threatened the employee with a gun before fleeing the scene.
Responding to the attempted armed robbery, police identified Reyes just down the block from the deli. After disregarding several verbal commands from the officer, Reyes raised his gun toward the officers and they were forced to shoot.
“The officers gave verbal commands, and engaged the suspect in front of 169 Starr Street. The suspect had a black firearm in his hand, and raised it towards the officers,” said Chief of Patrol Terence A. Monahan.
The gun Reyes had in his hand was a pellet gun.
Fighting back tears, Reyes’ father says he wasn’t aware his son even owned a fake gun. The high school senior’s aunt doesn’t understand why officers fired so many shots.
Source:: Bearing Arms