West High student shot by police charged in juvenile court

A high school student shot by police in December was in juvenile court Thursday in Wichita.

Wichita Police Department photo of the gun allegedly carried by the 17-year-old suspect in Friday's shooting at West High School (Photo courtesy WPD)

WICHITA, Kan. – A 17-year-old West High School student who was shot by Wichita Police officer in December was charged in juvenile court Thursday with a misdemeanor weapons violation.

The teen was arrested on the night of December 4, 2015 when he ran toward police officers with a handgun.  The officer fired several shots at the youth, striking him in the back and one of his wrists.

Prior to the shooting, officers had been conducting an investigation into a double homicide on East Mossman on December 1.  Police said when they stopped a truck near West High as part of their investigation the teen jumped out ran toward an entrance of the school.

Then Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley said the student was shot when he did not obey commands to drop a weapon he was holding.

West High School was placed on lock down for a short time following the shooting.

No officers were injured in the incident.

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