**NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly fatal shooting of Shaaliver Douse by rookie officers justified, was he youngest to be killed by a NYPD officer?**
New York police officers shot and killed armed teen Shaaliver Douse in the South Bronx early Sunday after he chased and shot at another man. Douse was killed when he allegedly refused to drop his gun, police said. A blood-splattered Astra A 100 9mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene, the NY Post reports.
Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops.
Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
Two rookie cops, assigned to the high-crime area on an Impact team, just months after graduating police academy, identified themselves as police officers and told Douse to drop the gun, according to an NYPD statement..
Douse refused and one of the officers fired one round, striking the gunman in the jaw, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Douse had a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 23, for weapons possession, records show.
Investigators have been unable to find the man Shaaliver Douse was allegedly shooting at. The teen had prior run-ins with the law, including shooting a 15-year-old boy in the left shoulder May 16 at Boston Road and Jefferson Place, which is about a mile and one-half from where he died Sunday.
[UPDATE 08/05/13]: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who is being considered as the next Homeland Security Secretary, told reporters that while the fatal shooting of Shaaliver Douse at the hands of two rookie cops was an “urban tragedy,” he believes the shooting was justified. “I don’t see what the officers could have done any differently,” Kelly said. “I think that they did what we would expect officers of any experience level would do.”
Ray Kelly’s response when asked if Shaaliver Douse was the youngest person killed by NYPD officers: ‘I don’t recall any other at this juncture. There may have been, I just don’t recall.’