Wearing a white tee and jeans, Shaaliver Douse, 14, was allegedly armed, dangerous and chasing a member of a rival gang on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Bronx, NY when he was shot and killed by a rookie NYPD officer. Gunshots were ringing in the air spurring two rookie officers to head east on East 151st Street on foot, near Hizam Family Deli on Courtlandt Ave. One month out of the academy, the unnamed officers – a 26-year-old white officer and his black 27-year-old partner – were faced with their first made-for-TV shooting. After he fired a black Astra 9-mm. pistol four times, the uniformed officers commanded Douse “freeze” and “drop the gun.” He didn’t drop the gun. Douse was shot in his lower left jaw by the white officer and died. The incident was caught on surveillance video.
According to Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Douse is the youngest person he recalls being shot by the New York police. He lived in Morris II Houses on E. 170th St. and had a criminal record which included: attempted murder, assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon for shooting a fellow teenager, 15, in the left shoulder on May 16; felony charges of possessing a loaded gun, following an arrest in October 2012. He was scheduled to appear in Bronx Supreme Court on Aug. 23.
Douse was believed to be a member of Nine, a youth gang that hangs out on East 169th Street.