Ramarley Graham was fatally shot by plain clothes officers, after he tried to run from them during a confrontation Thursday afternoon, according to the New York Daily News.
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Graham, 19, was pursued by a team of police who had attempted to stop and question him. Reportedly, police witnessed the youth adjusting the waistband of his pants on the street and immediately assumed he had a gun. The youth, who had a prior arrest record for marijuana possession and burglary, ran from the officers who then gave chase.
The unarmed boy was tracked down by police in his residential second-floor apartment. When Graham managed to make it inside his apartment, he reportedly ran inside the bathroom with two officers in hot pursuit. A tussle ensued and one of the policeman fired a bullet from his .9 mm gun, hitting Graham in chest. The name of the officer who did the shooting has not been released, but reports state that he is a 30-year-old, two-year veteran who has never been involved in a prior shooting.
According to sources, Graham was unarmed:
“He had some weed on with him,” a family friend told the Daily News. “It wasn’t a big deal. They shot him inside the house. … He didn’t have a gun.”
Police reports state that a small amount of marijuana was found in the bathroom and speculate that perhaps the teen had been trying to flush it down the toilet to avoid further arrest.
Graham was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.
Constance Malcolm, 39, who is Graham’s mother, witnessed the incident and is distraught over the death of her son.
“They chased him into the house. Nobody deserves to be shot in their own home.”
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