Suspected Gunman Fatally Shot by Officers in Boyle Heights ID’d As 14-Year-Old Boy

Suspected Gunman Fatally Shot by Officers in Boyle Heights ID’d As 14-Year-Old Boy

The person fatally shot by officers responding to a call of a man with a gun in Boyle Heights Tuesday was identified as 14-year-old Jesse James Romero, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office stated Wednesday.

Officers responded to the call about 5:50 p.m. and opened fire near the intersection of North Breed Street and East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, said Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department.

It was unclear what led to the shooting, but the teen was struck by the gunfire, said Lopez.

Paramedics responded and pronounced the boy dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Investigators did find a gun at the scene, the Times reported.

Romero was from the Los Angeles Area, said Mario Sainz with the coroner’s office.

The officers involved in the incident were wearing body cameras, according to the times.

KTLA’s Stephen Acosta contributed to this report.

KTLA

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