Peoria Police Department

A Peoria police officer shot a 15-year-old boy who allegedly was driving at the officer’s parked vehicle.

On Sept. 28, a Peoria police officer shot a 15-year-old who allegedly was driving at the officer’s car. 

The boy was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening, said police spokesman Brandon Sheffert. 

According to Sheffert, the officer was parked when “a vehicle slowly drove by him eastbound on West Monroe Street. The vehicle then turned south on North 87th Avenue and abruptly made a U-turn to quickly turn back north on 87th Avenue,” Sheffert said. 

“The vehicle started to proceed north through the intersection and then quickly made a left turn in the intersection and drove directly at the sergeant’s vehicle. Due to the erratic behavior of the driver and the fact that the vehicle was heading directly at the sergeant, he fired at least one round at the driver, striking the driver in the face.”

Sheffert said the sergeant was wearing a body-worn camera but the camera was not activated at the time of the shooting.

Asked for an update, Sgt. Amada Gaines of the Peoria Police Department replied Oct. 6, “At this time, no charges have been filed. The suspect is no longer in our custody, so I have no information on his medical status.”