According to the police, a 13-year-old boy was killed in an attempted carjacking, and it has been revealed that he had a record of nine prior charges related to carjacking and robbery.
On Saturday, an incident occurred in Washington D.C. where Vernard Toney Jr. and another youth reportedly attempted to carjack an off-duty federal security officer. Tragically, Toney lost his life as a result of the altercation.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, a group of youngsters approached an officer who was waiting for his shift to begin in his car in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of the District just after 10 p.m. The youngsters demanded that the officer exit the vehicle.
The officer reported that one of the youths appeared to have a handgun as he had his hand in his front waistband pocket. It is uncertain if Toney was carrying a weapon at that time.
According to police, Toney was shot by the officer as he got out of his car and pulled out his gun, resulting in Toney being hit by the gunfire. After being rushed to the hospital, Toney was declared deceased.
The 12-year-old accomplice of Toney, who fled the scene following the shooting, has been taken into custody and charged with armed carjacking. As the individual is a minor, their identity is being withheld from the public.
According to a report from The Washington Post, Toney has had multiple conflicts with the law recently and was taken into custody in May for nine previous charges related to carjacking and robbery. While some of the charges were dropped, he was still awaiting prosecution for others.
The authorities are still investigating the incident.
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