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Officer yells at teen to drop the gun in body cam before shooting him twice

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The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Video taken from a police officer’s body-worn camera shows an officer opening fire on a 14-year-old boy with a gun in a March incident.

As Sgt. Kyle Holcomb approaches, he says he thinks he hears someone firing a cap gun.

“I think it is a cap gun, but they are shooting something,” Holcomb can be heard as he walked behind a fence and talked on a hand-held radio on Sunday, March 10.

About 5:45 p.m. that day, officers went to 5716 Evanbrook Terrace where callers had reported two burglars with guns. Police say the boy had refused to drop a gun, before he was shot. Video shows the officer from where he stood behind a stockade fence and fired through a hole in the wood.

“Show me your hands! Drop it!” Holcomb screams, and then fires four times. “Drop the gun!” the officer screams again.

The boy, Lorenzo Clerkley, suffered non life-threatening injuries, police Capt. Bo Mathews reported.

Holcomb was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater later cleared Holcomb, who has returned to full-duty, Mathews said.

A separate investigation by the police department into the shooting remains ongoing.

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