14-year-old boy shot and killed by police in Boyle Heights

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Among conflicting accounts of how a teen boy was shot to death by LAPD officers in a commercial district in Boyle Heights, mourners and activists gathered at a vigil and marched in memory of those killed in officer involved shootings in this Eastside Los Angeles neighborhood.

Police say that a witness saw 14-year-old Jesse Romero shoot at officers that were pursuing him before one of them shot and killed the teen Tuesday evening. Although initially police reported the victim as being a 20-year-old man, Los Angeles County Coroner’s office identified the teen as Jesse James Romero, who would have turned 15 on Aug. 24.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Arcos offered few details on the fatal shooting. According to KPCC, Arcos said that officers from the Hollenbeck Division gang detail were called just after 5:30 p.m. with information about possible gang-related vandalism near Chicago Street and César Chávez Avenue.

Read the full story at Boyle Heights Beat