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.