Commissioner Kelly Defends Shooting of Bronx Teen

Sunday, August 04, 2013


The rookie officer who fatally shot an armed teenager was left without another option because Shaaliver Douse didn't drop his weapon as instructed, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Sunday.

A photo of the muscular 14-year-old was tacked to the outside of the Gouverneur Morris Houses in the South Bronx where he lived. Dozens of his friends comforted each other around a growing memorial to him. Quwana Bacene, 35, said she's not convinced her nephew pointed a gun at the officer who shot him.

"That boy ain't no hoodlum. All this, everything is false," she exclaimed.

The NYPD released a photo of a 9 MM, semi automatic handgun covered with blood, and footage of the teen running after a man on Courtland Avenue where he was shot. The teen had been accused of attempted murder in May, but there wasn’t sufficient evidence to proceed with the case, according to the Bronx DA’s office.

"If they tell you to stop and drop that weapon and if you don't do what you’re supposed to do, you’re going to get shot,” said neighbor Shadoo Allah, who said he knew the Douse for five years. He added, “It’s sad that it happened."

Police Commissioner Kelly offered the teen's mother condolences saying regardless of the circumstances of the shooting, it's "a crushing blow."

This article was updated on Aug. 5, 9:55am to reflect the following: The street is Courtland Avenue, not Street.


Julianne Welby


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Comments [8]

neal from nyc

dont you think that is even worse.. it is ok to kill some one in your community....

Apr. 15 2014 09:21 AM
scallywag from nyc

Had this “victim” actually killed his intended “victim” those outraged would not be outraged seems like the violence is ok as long as a cop is not involved… Continue ignoring the fact that over 95% of violent black deaths are at the hands of other blacks. Ignorance Is bliss.


Aug. 05 2013 02:55 PM
wnyc from office

I am waiting for the photos of the gunman as a toddler, not as the hood that he became. I have to ask, where are mom and dad??

Aug. 05 2013 11:41 AM
chris from STL

This is sad but good. One more hood rat off the streets... it's impossible to estimate how many people's lives were saved by getting rid of this punk. Glad no officer's got shot. Of course mama is going to stick up for him, but it's good they've got evidence. She be trying to compare this to Trayvon but this kid was caught on video shooting at someone.

Aug. 05 2013 11:29 AM
BlackonBlack from NYC

Good shot officer!! You saved a young black man's life -- the guy this criminal was trying to gun down.

Aug. 05 2013 09:48 AM
BlackonBlack from NYC

Good shot officer!! You saved a young black man's life -- the guy this criminal was trying to gun down.

Aug. 05 2013 09:48 AM
beaglelover from Queens

The name is Courtland Avenue, not street.

Aug. 05 2013 09:32 AM
Brenda from New York City

A child dying is always tragic. A child being shot is deeply troubling. A child owning a gun is unforgivable. A civilized society should not tolerate such a thing. http://heresheisboys.com/2013/03/04/the-smoking-gun-section/

Aug. 05 2013 07:47 AM

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