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Prosecutor says officer was justified opening fire on a teenager

Battle Creek Police Department
Battle Creek Police Department

BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert has cleared a Battle Creek Police officer of any wrongdoing, calling the officer's decision to shoot a teenager who was carrying a very authentic looking replica of a semi-automatic handgun, justified.

It happened near the Drive-Through Party Factory on November 16th.

Eyewitnesses gave several different accounts of what happened, some of them claiming that the 14-year-old lifted his hands above his head before he was shot.

Gilbert says none of them matched the actual audio and video of the incident.

King was hit in the shoulder and survived the wound after Emergency surgery at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo to restore blood flow to his arm. He will reportedly need more surgeries but should survive.

His family has hired a lawyer and may be considering civil action, but even the boy’s own mother admits she warned him to leave the toy gun home that day, telling him that he might get shot.

The officer, Esteban Rivera, a 21-year veteran of the department is now free to return to work.