SPRINGFIELD TWP, OH (FOX19) - A 16-year-old resident was shot by police officers Saturday night in Springfield Township.
The shooting happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Mistyhill Drive and Crystalhill Drive. Police say they were called to the scene on a report of shots being fired and a disorderly crowd.
FOX19 NOW talked to residents at a home on Crystalhill Drive who say it all started at a Sweet 16 party Saturday night. They say the suspect and some others were not invited to the party, but showed up after word of the event spread on Facebook. They tell FOX19 NOW those people were asked to leave, but instead tried to rob someone outside the home. That's when a fight broke out.
When police arrived, they found a teen carrying a silver handgun. Police say officers told the subject to drop the weapon but he refused and fled on foot.
According to officials, officers then chased the suspect on foot while ordering the subject to drop the weapon. Police say he ignored commands and continued to wave the gun. A Springfield Township officer then fired several shots hitting the suspect in the legs.
"I was in the bedroom trying to get my youngest daughter to sleep, and all of a sudden I heard, 'POP! POP! POP! POP! POP,'" said Catherine Zagotti, who lives nearby.
"I heard four or five shots. They sounded like they were very close," said Jason Zagotti, who was home with his family at the time.
Police found the suspects gun on the scene.
The suspect was taken into police custody and transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect has been identified as a Lexington Heights resident.
"At that point, we're like, 'What's going on?' We saw what looked like a stretcher coming from next door to us here on my left. Somebody had been taken out. We weren't sure if it was an officer. We were a little bit worried," said Jason Zagotti.
The officer who fired was placed on administrative leave as part of police protocol.
Police called for the assistance of Forest Park, Greenhills, Colerain Township, Woodlawn and North College Hill officers.
The suspect's mother contacted the FOX19 NOW newsroom saying she's questioning the police version of events Saturday night. She says her son was shot in the back of the leg. She claims her son didn't have a gun on him, and that police had to go find it.
The incident remains under investigation at this time. No additional information will be released until the entire investigation has concluded.