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Friday
Apr012011

Police: Teen Committed Suicide By Cop

WSYR/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New York police are trying to determine what prompted a teenager to trick police into thinking he was an armed carjacker, chase him to a dead-end street, and then apparently goad them into killing him by pointing a pellet gun at the officers.

"Everything that we know, we would be able to use that term suicide-by-cop," Lt. Troy D. Little, with the New York State Police, told ABC News.

Justin Arnold, 17, of Cazenovia, N.Y., had no criminal history. Police are investigating his mental state or any mental health issues that may have led to Thursday's deadly shooting.

"We're trying to identify anybody who might give us some insight to Justin, family siblings, other relatives, other friends, co-workers, just anybody that might have been in touch with him in recent times," said Little.

Early Thursday afternoon, 911 received a call reporting an armed car robbery. Dispatchers relayed a description from the caller telling police the suspect was a young, white male wearing sunglasses and driving a silver car. The description matched Arnold.

Police spotted the car in Canastota Village, about 25 miles from Syracuse. They tried to stop the driver, but he fled, leading two police officers and a state police sergeant on a four mile chase that led to a dead-end road in Madison County.

When the 17-year-old got out of the car, police told him to show his hands. Instead, he pointed the black pellet gun at the officers.

The police officers fired 10 rounds at Arnold, four of which hit and killed the teen.

It was later determined that it was Arnold who made the 911 phone reporting an armed carjacking.

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