Tampa Police are investigating the officer-involved shooting of a 16-year-old boy Sunday night.
Police say the teen turned a gun on them and they shot him in self-defense. The shooting occurred at the Central Court Apartments, on East Columbus Drive around 8 p.m.
Robert Felton was at a party in the complex and said he saw the whole thing unfold. “I seen a whole bunch of undercovers run upstairs and I seen a whole bunch of other police run, but before they could even get to the stairways that these officers went up, they was already shooting at him.”
“I never once heard [the police] say put your weapon down, get on the ground, put your hands up, I never once heard them say none of that,” said a witness named Vonshay.
“Javon’s father, Michael Lovett, says that his son was expecting a child in the next couple of months and that he would have been a junior in the fall at North Tampa Alternative.”
“The two officers are 36-year-old Gregory Pryor, a Tampa Police Officer for five years and Shannon Murphy, 35, a Tampa Police Officer for nine years.”