Detectives in East Baltimore shot a 14-year old carrying a detailed replica pistol on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the Freddie Gray protests and riots.
The teenager suffered non-life threatening injuries; however, the incident sparked tension in the community.
Officers spotted the young man carrying what they believed to be a pistol on E. Baltimore St. in the late afternoon. When they confronted the individual a foot pursuit ensued.
At some point, an officer fired his weapon at the individual, causing an injury to the "lower extremities."
Although the teenager was carrying a replica BB gun, a perfunctory look at the weapon revealed just how closely it resembled a genuine pistol.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, "It's an absolute, identical replica semiautomatic pistol. Those police officers had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, an actual firearm. It looks like a firearm."