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Police defend shooting teen

Jul 24, 2011 3:05:45 AM- abc.net.au
Police say an officer had no choice but to shoot a teenage boy in Victoria's east this morning.Two officers were investigating a report of a stolen gun in the town of Maffra, near Sale, when they spotted the 17-year-old suspect driving his car. He tried to flee and police chased him through the town to Cameron Court, which is a residential cul-de-sac. It is alleged the teenager threatened officers with a rifle and one of the sergeants responded by shooting the boy twice through the car door.The teenager has been flown to a Melbourne hospital in a serious but stable condition.Superintendent Geoff Newby has defended the police officer's actions."Certainly it's one of the many options that police have, in this instance he was in vehicle the windows were up there was no real option to use the capsicum spray because he was within a car," he said. "We certainly support our member in this case having a firearm pointed at him."He feared for his life, there's no doubt about that, it just reflects the dangerous situations that police from time to time find themselves in. "No one likes this situation or to be in this situation and my heart goes out to our members, I think they did a sterling job."

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