Latino Teenager's Death Is Justified By Virginia Court

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On Tuesday, Prince William County police officers received a disturbing call from a 15-year-old boy named Ruben Urbina. According to county officers, he called 911 to inform that he had a bomb strapped to his chest as well as a hostage- a member of his own family. 

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When police arrived at the scene in Haymarket, Virginia, the boy was found in the front yard of his home. He then struck his brother's girlfriend with a crowbar and walked forwards officers with the crowbar in hand, ignoring all orders to put it down. An officer opened fire and shot the young boy in the upper body and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Sadly, the teen's family, including his mother, were among the witnesses of his death. 

Urbina was an honor roll student at PACE West, an alternative school in Gainesville, Virginia. Reportedly, however, the teenager was mentally unstable and tried to commit suicide the night before. Though he was unstable and very aggressive in the moments leading up to his death, his parents and neighbors question the way police handled the unfortunate situation. Paul Ebert, Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney, announced his ruling of the shooting.

 

 

"It is always tragic when a young person loses his life by any means. In this case, the Juvenile involved was ready, willing and able to inflict death or serious bodily harm upon the responding officers. In my opinion, the officer involved acted as a result of a reasonable apprehension of death or serious bodily harm and the homicide was justified." stated Ebert. 

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The loss of someone so young is heartwrenching and only time can tell what the family will do next.