Jacksonville, Florida, Police Officer Shoots Black Teen Carrying Airsoft Gun

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A black teen carrying an Airsoft gun was shot by police in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday night after an officer mistook the 14-year-old's BB gun for a real weapon. The boy suffered a non-life-threatening injury to the leg, NBC News reported.

Officers were called to a Jacksonville woman's house just after 11 p.m. after she said there was an "armed prowler" shooting at her window, said Tom Hackney of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Officer Josh Livingood, who has been on the Jacksonville police force for two years, approached the teen and told him to put his hands up, authorities said. The boy then pulled out an Airsoft gun and pointed it at Livingood, Hackney said.

Livingood, not realizing it was a BB gun, then fired six shots at the boy, hitting him once in the left leg, according to Hackney.

Livingood has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. He has not been charged with anything at this time.

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