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Police: Officer shoots teen connected to earlier shootout

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Florida police officer has shot and wounded a teen who had been involved in a drug-related shootout with other people.

Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek tells The Sun Sentinel that the shooting occurred early Wednesday morning.

Kmiotek says officers responded to reports of gunfire between two cars. She says an officer spotted one of the cars involved in the shooting and chased it. The fleeing car eventually crashed.

Police say officers repeatedly told the driver to get on the ground, but the 17-year-old driver pointed a handgun at one officer, who fired several times and struck the teen once in each leg.

The teen faces several charges, including aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

The races of the suspect and officer weren’t immediately released.

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Information from: Sun Sentinel , http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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