Police on scene where the shooting occurred Sunday
Police closed off the street where the incident occurred
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
The juvenile who was shot by police after an attempted robbery Sunday evening in Longview has been identified as 15-year-old Justin Aguilar of Longview.
Longview police say Aguilar attempted to rob the New-Way gas station located in the 1300 block of S. Green Street. A store clerk was able to give a description of Aguilar and he was located a short time later down the street. Officials say when they confronted Aguilar he began shooting at the officer's car hitting it in the rear window and passenger's side door.
At that point, they say, the officer got out of the car and ran after him. Aguilar was then killed by police gunfire in a backyard on the 300 block of E. Avalon Ave.
Christin Rodriguez, one of Aguilar's friends, said, "He was good. He never did nothing bad. Somebody tried to fight, he never fought."
Rodriguez went to Forest Park Middle School with Aguilar and says they hung out everyday.
"We just play around, just talk, we chill. He always respected the teachers, sat at his desk, did his work," said Rodriguez.
He added that he couldn't believe what had happened and when he heard the news he was said and claimed Aguilar, "wouldn't do something like this."
One teen, Aneth Arias, said she was walking by when she saw police and heard at least eight gunshots.
"I just saw that there were a lot of police right there and I didn't really saw when they shot him, but heard shots," Arias said.
Longview Independent School District released a statement Monday regarding the death of the 15-year-old.
"We at Longview ISD are shocked and saddened at the news of what transpired Sunday, and we pray that the families of everyone involved can somehow find peace."
The officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, which has been handed over to the Texas Rangers.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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