In Police Killing Of Unarmed Teen: An Ugly Shooting Grows Uglier

The NYPD has placed two officers involved with the shooting death of an unarmed Bronx teen on modified duty. This as discrepancies cloud accounts of the Thursday shooting in which Ramarley Graham was shot inside the bathroom of his home and in front of his family, a bag of marijuana the only sign of any criminality on his part.

Initial accounts from officers was that Graham ran from officers when approached on White Plains Rd, chased into his home he was said to have struggled with an officer who fired a shot, hitting the 18 year old in the chest. But a day later, some crucial points in the account are being questioned. The owner of the home in which the shooting took place tells PIX11 News her surveillance cameras shows there was no chase, that Graham walked into his home. And speaking with reporters Friday, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said there was no struggle before the officer fired the fatal shot.

Turning over the home at 749 East 229th Street in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, police found the bag of marijuana which investigators believe Graham was trying to flush down the toilet. Family and friends of the teen, who has an arrest record, are livid – and are demanding a federal investigation into the shooting.

Part of the Narcotics Unit, the officer who opened fire is 30 years old and joined the NYPD in 2008. "We have an unarmed person being shot. That should concern us," said Kelly, his department not identifying the officer and his Sgt., both of whom have been placed on modified duty as the investigation proceeds.

A 6-member Narcotics Squad is said to have spotted Graham as he made a motion around his waistband, leading them to believe he was armed. Officers say when they encountered Graham they shouted "SHOW ME YOUR HANDS, SHOW ME YOUR HANDS!" According to police, an officer yelled "GUN, GUN!" when the shot was fired at close range.

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