A Cathedral City police officer fired at least one gunshot while chasing a teenager suspected in a robbery, but no injuries were reported, police said Tuesday.
The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was not struck by the gunfire, according to the Cathedral City Police Department.
According to police, officers responded about 7 p.m. Monday to a report that about 10 boys had surrounded a 16-year-old boy near Ocotillo Park in Cathedral City earlier that evening, “forcibly” robbed him of his cellphone and assaulted him.
During their investigation, officers identified a group of males in the park as among those suspected in the robbery. When officers attempted to detain the group, the suspects ran away and several officers began chasing them into the surrounding neighborhood.
At some point during the ensuring foot chase, a police officer fired his weapon at least once in the 68000 block of Arrowhead Road, police said. The 15-year-old Cathedral City resident being chased was quickly detained.
It was not immediately clear if the officer fired directly at the boy or what prompted the officer to open fire.
The teen was later identified by the robbery victim as being “actively involved” in both the robbery and assault, police said. He was taken to juvenile hall and booked on suspicion of armed robbery.
The unidentified police officer who fired his weapon was placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted into the shooting.
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