1/14/2006

SWAT Team Shoots Teen Carrying Pellet Gun - Yahoo! News

Those who know teenager say he was unhappy and being bullied at school. He had run away from home several times... "He said he had something planned,".. "He said `I hope I die today because I don't really like my life.'"

SWAT Team Shoots Teen Carrying Pellet Gun

LONGWOOD, Fla. - It was in an instant, with a SWAT team surrounding him, that Christopher David Penley slipped into an alcove in a school bathroom and raised what officers believed was a black 9 mm Beretta handgun, authorities said. Moments later, a deputy shot him.
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The 15-year-old had been holding what turned out to be a pellet gun, authorities said. He was on advanced life support Friday night, and the hospital refused to release any information Saturday morning.

At a news conference following the shooting Friday at suburban Orlando's Milwee Middle School, authorities put the weapon side-by-side with a Beretta. It appeared to have black paint covering the red or pink markings on the muzzle that may have indicated to officers that it was a nonlethal weapon...

Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said the incident began about 9:38 a.m., when another student saw Penley with the weapon and struggled with him for it. Pointing the gun at the other student's back, Penley directed him to a closet, dimmed the lights and left the classroom, Eslinger said.

The school went into lockdown.

From there, the sheriff said, he "traveled with this firearm throughout the campus" before ending up in a bathroom. By then, more than 40 officers, including SWAT and negotiators, were on scene. He refused to drop the firearm, Eslinger said.

"During this standoff, and during the chase, the student said he was going to kill himself or die," Eslinger said...

Those who know teenager say he was unhappy and being bullied at school. He had run away from home several times, said Kelly Swofford, a neighbor whose 11-year-old son was friends with Penley.

"He said he had something planned," said Jeffery Swofford, 11. "He said `I hope I die today because I don't really like my life.'"...

SWAT Team Shoots Teen Carrying Pellet Gun - Yahoo! News

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