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15-year-old shot by Kent police in traffic stop after reaching for gun, officials say

15-year-old shot by Kent police after reaching for gun during traffic stop, officials say

Footage from the scene where 15-year-old boy was shot and injured early Tuesday after allegedly reaching for a gun after a Kent police officer stopped him for expired tabs. (No audio)
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Footage from the scene where 15-year-old boy was shot and injured early Tuesday after allegedly reaching for a gun after a Kent police officer stopped him for expired tabs. (No audio)

A 15-year-old boy was shot and injured by Kent police early Tuesday during a traffic stop, according to the Police Department.

Officers pulled the boy over just after midnight near Central Avenue North and East Pioneer Street after noticing the vehicle had expired tabs.

When approaching the car, an officer spotted a gun inside and called for backup.

Before backup arrived, the officer allegedly fired two shots.

The teen was hit in his right arm and right leg.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he is in stable condition.

The officer was not injured.

Police said a handgun was found on floorboard of the vehicle. Detectives believe the teen reached for the weapon, prompting the officer to fire at him.

The teen has a criminal history including convictions for theft of a firearm, robbery and assault, according to the department.

The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

The Valley Investigative Team is investigating.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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