Why A Deputy Shot A 17-Year-Old Delinquent
According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to open fire on a 17-year old juvenile delinquent. The teen had stolen his mother’s car, and fled from the police after his mother called the authorities.
“I turned out of the store, I see a white van going south on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and I made a u-turn thinking he might need some help,” said Charles Humphrey, who lives near the scene of the accident. “When he got down here, I realized he wasn’t in need of help, he was running from the police,” said Charles Humphrey.
A deputy spotted the van driving south on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard.
“He couldn’t do more than 30-35mph with the tires flat on the van,” said Charles Humphrey.
His attempts to stop the teen failed. A second deputy intervened, placing his car in front of the fleeing van. But deputies say, instead of the breaks, the teen hit the gas. Fearing for his life, the deputy fired.
“The van then hit a white car broad side and a white corvette head on,” said Charles Humphrey.
Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries, the teen was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center in critical condition.
“He was begging for help, screaming “I’m sorry” and everything else,” said Charles Humphrey.
Juvenile Delinquency is defined as a minor who acts against the law. The consequences for juvenile delinquency varies, many revert straight to juvenile detention centers. Consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with juvenile delinquency.
Juveniles in Home Detention are sent home to parents or guardians. Both the youth and the parent sign a Home Detention agreement stipulating the conditions the youth is expected to follow. These may include mandatory school attendance and curfew.
If you or your child has been charged with Juvenile Delinquency, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you lessen charges and minimize the consequences that generally follow such a common problem.