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Protest planned for teen shot by Bannock County Sheriff’s Deputy

A protest is planned for Monday night in reaction to the officer-involved shooting of a 16-year-old boy Friday night.

The boy ran after the car he was in was pulled over for a traffic violation in Chubbuck. Once the Bannock County deputy pursuing him on foot caught up to him, the two got into an altercation that resulted in the deputy shooting the boy.

The 16-year-old was then transported to Portneuf Medical Center with a single gunshot wound. He is expected to be “alright.”

The march will begin at 5 p.m. at Caldwell Park and make its way to the Idaho State University campus.

The protest is said not to be against police, rather against the shooting. It’s expected to be a peaceful one, with signs and chanting being the extent of the actions, according to organizer Lexi Azzola.

Police have not yet released the names of the victim, officer involved, or any of the other passengers of the vehicle.

It is also unknown if any of the passengers of the vehicle were armed at the time of the incident.

According to Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen, the officer must have perceived lives were in danger to justify the use of deadly force.

The investigation is currently being handled by the Power County Sheriff’s Office.

You can read a statement released Monday HERE.You can view our previous story HERE.

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