Chattanooga: Police officer shoots 16-year-old in home invasion

Chattanooga: Police officer shoots 16-year-old in home invasion

April 11th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

A 16-year-old was shot today by a police officer who was responding to a home invasion call.

The teen was shot in the lower extremities, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd, but he wasn't sure whether it was the leg or the foot. The injuries weren't life-threatening, he said.

The teen's name has not been released nor has the name of the police officer.

Police believe the incident was drug-related, Dodd said.

"It wasn't just your typical home being robbed," he said.

A little after noon, neighbors called police about a home invasion at 601 Ledford St., police said. When officers arrived, they found the teen and another man inside.

When the men fled out the back door of the home, the teen, who was holding a gun, was confronted by one of the officers, Dodd said. The teen pointed the gun at the officer, who fired.

The second man fled into nearby woods, but was captured, Dodd said. That suspect's name has not been released.

Neighbors told police that the home seems to be a haven for drug sales, he said, and a search warrant is being obtained for the premises.

The police officer is being placed on administrative leave for six days per department policy so the incident can be investigated, Dodd said.