A Florida teenager was shot and killed by police on Saturday evening after pointing an airsoft rifle at vehicles and officers, in line with authorities. 

The boy, 17, was recognized throughout a information convention Monday as Alexander King, an Eleventh-grader at Tarpon Springs High School, in line with studies. 

Investigators mentioned police obtained a number of 911 calls a few “white male wearing dark clothing pointing a military-style rifle” at passing automobiles in Tarpon Springs, FOX 13 Tampa Bay reported

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When officers arrived round 9:30 p.m., King lifted the weapon and pointed it at them, in line with Tarpon Springs police Chief Jeff Young. 

The responding officers took cowl behind a close-by automobile and fired photographs on the teenager, who was hit a number of occasions. 

Officers had obtained studies that King was presumably armed with an AK-style rifle however Young mentioned King was truly carrying an airsoft gun.

The teenager was later pronounced useless at an space hospital. 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Alex King,” Young mentioned. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and their families as they, too, deal with the aftermath of this event.”

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King had 22 prior interactions with police, together with a felony arrest for battery on a college board worker in 2017 and aggravated battery with a lethal weapon in 2018, FOX 13 reported. 

The officers concerned within the taking pictures are on paid depart because the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates, Young mentioned. 

Tarpon Springs police may also conduct an inner investigation, the chief added.

Grief counselors can be found at Tarpon Springs High School for each college students and workers.

Tarpon Springs is situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast about 30 miles northwest of downtown Tampa.