17-year-old killed by police in SC checking on car break ins

State News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a 17-year-old male has been shot and killed by a police officer who wanted to talk to him about nearby car break-ins.

Columbia Police say one of its officers was patrolling an area near Eau Clare High School on Wednesday evening when he saw Joshua Ruffin walking along a state highway.

Investigators say Ruffin pulled out a gun as he ran from the officer and was shot in the front of his upper body.

Investigators say a gun and a woman’s purse was found near Ruffin.

Authorities say they will release body camera footage when investigators allow.

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