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Teen fatally shot by police officers identified

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Officials in Tarpon Springs have released the identity of a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police after pointing an airsoft rifle at passing vehicles.

The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the southeast corner of the intersection of N. Pinellas Avenue and Tarpon Avenue.

Authorities say they were called to the scene after drivers noticed a white male walking down N. Pinellas Avenue with what appeared to be an AK-style rifle.

Officials say that when they arrived to the scene, Alexander King , an 11th-grader at Tarpon Springs High School began pointing the gun at them and several occupied vehicles.

Authorities then took cover and fired at King.

Two officers fired 12 rounds Tarpon Springs Police Chief Jeffrey Young said during the news conference Monday.

King was struck and fell to the ground. That’s when officers handcuffed him as a precaution and then began CPR.

The teen was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 11:00 p.m.

The officers involved in the shooting have all been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.