BODYCAM: Cop Fatally Shoots 14-Year-Old Thief Stealing Replica Handgun

Fourteen-year-old Antonio Arce was carrying a replica firearm when he took off running from police.

Tempe, AZ – Protesters have rallied to denounce the fatal officer-involved shooting of a 14-year-old burglary suspect who was armed with a replica handgun.

“We want to bring an end to the police brutality in Maricopa County and lock up killer cops,” protester Alexia Isais told KTLA. “We are demanding that police be held accountable for the killings they are committing, mostly against unarmed, marginalized people.”

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when a Tempe police officer responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Baseline Road and 48th Street, KPNX reported.

As the officer approached the area, the suspect got out of a vehicle he had broken into and was carrying a handgun, police said.

The teen, later identified by his family as 14-year-old Antonio Arce, took off on foot, WLS reported.

During the foot chase that ensued, the teen refused to comply with the officers’ verbal commands, and ultimately began to turn towards them, KTLA reported.

One officer “perceived a threat and fired his service weapon striking the suspect,” police said, according to KPNX.

The officers immediately delivered CPR while they waited for an ambulance to respond to the scene.

Arce was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators recovered items the teen had stolen from the vehicle, including an airsoft replica 1911 handgun.

"As with all officer-involved shootings, we will conduct a thorough investigation in conjunction with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office," the Tempe Police Department said on Wednesday, according to WLS.

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell expressed his condolences for Arce’s family, and said he is confident the police department will conduct a thorough investigation into the events that led to the fatal shooting.

“This event is not an opportunity for speculation before all facts are known,” Mitchell said, according to KNXV.

“That is why I will wait to offer additional thoughts. I want to learn more as facts are verified and I know that our Police Department is working quickly and with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to do that,” he continued. “I ask for calm and thoughtful discourse and conduct within our community as the investigation continues."

The owner of the burglarized vehicle defended Arce, and said that he should not have been shot for carrying the stolen gun because the weapon was a fake, KPNX reported.

"I would like to tell the family that the young man shouldn't have died," the vehicle owner told KPNX. “This young man, you know, he didn’t deserve to die for a cell phone that he took from me.”

Arce’s family and members of the community have alleged that police overreacted.

“I know he did a crime but they don’t gotta treat him that way!” one woman told KPNX.

Arce’s brother, Jason Gonzalez, said that the officers should have just used a Taser during the active foot pursuit.

“A police officer has a Taser gun, right? Why not shoot a Taser at him? I mean, he sees a young boy, you know?” Jason told KTLA.

Law enforcement Tasers have a maximum range of 15-25 feet, depending on the cartridge. The officer who shot Arce was much further away than 25 feet.

It's against many department's policies to use a Taser on somebody armed with a gun.

“My brother wouldn’t shoot. I know he wouldn’t shoot,” he added.

"I didn't know him as someone who stole, that's why I don't believe that," Jason told KTVK.

Arce’s mother, Sandra Gonzalez, alleged that Tempe police have attempted to depict her son as a criminal just because he was caught while committing a crime.

“If they want to tarnish my son, they are wrong,” she told KTLA. ““Apart from the fact that they killed him, they want to destroy him. No. I won’t allow it. I want justice.”

Approximately 100 protesters gathered outside the Tempe Police Department headquarters on Thursday night to denounce the shooting, The Arizona Republic reported.

Many held signs with phrases including “Protect Kids – Stop Shooting,” “Jail Killer Cops,” and “Justice for Antonio,” according to the paper.

The mob blocked the street, yelled profanities at officers, and initially ignored officers’ commands to move out of the roadway.

"I want you to know the worst racists exist in Phoenix, Arizona,'' Sandra shouted. "They treat us as criminals. I want justice. I need justice.''

Jason demanded that police released bodycam footage of the shooting, and said his family wants an independent autopsy conducted without any police involvement.

Protester Redeem Robinson told the crowd that he was “tired of seeing mothers cry and weep over their sons who have been murdered by the police,” and vowed to support Arce’s family in their quest for “justice.”

"Tempe police, Phoenix police should not be able to eat and sleep in peace," Robinson said, according to The Arizona Republic. "If we really mean 'No Justice, No Peace,' then damn it — no justice, no peace. That means we must interrupt and disrupt until these families right here get justice for their sons."

The mob also verbally attacked a passerby who defended the officers and told them that the shooting was justified.

The protest eventually disbanded at approximately 8:20 p.m.

You can see the bodycam footage of the incident below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (77)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

The video I watch contained no graphic content. All it showed was an officer running with his gun drawn. Anyhow, the parents of this child should be upset. After all it's their fault he is running around breaking into cars and committing crimes, not the officers who responded to the scene. At 14 years old his parents should know where he is at all times. Stop blaming others for the bad behavior of your children. And people who ALWAYS say that the police should use Tasers when the bad guy is holding a lethal weapon should read the numerous stories about the Taser failing to work most of the time. It is a useless weapon under these circumstances.

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

Tasers have a failure of about 50% if used in range. I don't think anyone would bring a taser to a perceived gun fight. The man who's car was being burglarized was wrong when he surmised that the young man was being shot over a cell phone. It was because he had a replica gun. "Arce’s mother, Sandra Gonzalez, alleged that Tempe police have attempted to depict her son as a criminal just because he was caught while committing a crime." Isn't that the definition of a criminal? If our officers hesitate or use tasers instead of guns when a gun is clearly in the hands of the suspect we'll see far more officer deaths. It IS unfortunate. It's unfortunate that these people don't see that this young man was committing a crime and brandishing a replica firearm!

La Migra
La Migra

Sad, but he should have been at home mowing the lawn or something and not out and about committing crime...RIP, Mijo.

DocRyder
DocRyder

The parents should be arrested too. These people are crazy. A kid old enough to commit Robert is old enough to k ow better. For all intents, he had a real weapon. Justified shoot.

GODHELPUSALL
GODHELPUSALL

the owner is full of crap too, one less going to be a grownup thug off the streets...

JBo
JBo

Maybe if momma was more involved with her son's upbringing he wouldn't be out breaking into cars and stealing guns (real or pretend) from them. I'm sure this isn't his first offense and momma's claim that he wasn't a criminal even though he got caught in the act...strikes me as stupid. She should have at least taught him to follow police instructions.

Momma might as well have pulled the trigger herself.

Marxest
Marxest

I'm absolutely touched by the warm feelings of the so called "people" in the comments section. Such a complete lack of empathy for the kid and his family, it's disgusting and disturbing. Then it ruffles your white robes when some people aren't sympathetic when police officers lose their lives on duty. The kid Antonio Arce - r.i.p, shouldn't have been stealing, but that certainly didn't warrant his death. But that's what happened. I won't rush to judge the officer, but I sympathize for the kid. I'll hold both families in my prayers.

EscortingAmerica
EscortingAmerica

Guess what punks- you act like an adult and have a fake or real gun and you are stealing - cops dont have time to worry about whether they are going to die being shit by someone who may or may not look like an adult, or whether they are going to live today. They need to live EVEYDAY and if that means shutting down your punkass than that's what it means. Don't do crime if you don't want time or don't want to die. And he must have shitty parents.

EscortingAmerica
EscortingAmerica

Bullshit. If my kids does some dumbshit then he deserves what he gets.

rwingjr
rwingjr

Unfortunately, the body cam isn't conclusive. I didn't see the kid stop and turn at all. I only saw him running. I have no doubt the officer probably saw the gun and obviously he couldn't tell if it was real or not. I also don't understand why the officer took his gun out to begin with. That seems a bit out of the ordinary for someone just rustling around in a car.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

First, I feel sorry for the family. Then on the other hand, if a person is running from a crime scene with a gun and turns toward the police, what are they suppose to do. Now, I am only going by what has been reported, you can not tell a replica or a real gun at that distance. What some of these protesters should do is take a class on realistic interactions, see how they perform. See what their reactions are! If the police are wrong, then they are wrong. But I want to see how these protesters would react to real life scenarios. Look, follow orders, stop, drop the weapon, your gonna get caught anyhow. You think if you shoot the cop chasing you your gonna get away. That's not gonna happen! Again, sorry for this families lose but stop putting yourselves in this situation.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Even the guy who's car was broken into stood up for the kid -- gee I wonder if he would have it the kid was Black or White ??? The Kid was a CRIMINAL and POINTED a gun at TWO Officers -- and then would NOT Stop -- Feel sorry for the Family -- NO where the F*ck where they when this kid decided to do this ?? Now we will hear how he was the Greatest Kid, Never got in trouble Etc Etc Etc

turnergal5$
turnergal5$

The family admits he was committing a crime but wasn’t a criminal????? Give me a break. And I’m sure LEOs there aren’t randomly shooting people for the fun of it. Maybe they should try to be better parents and know what thier kids are up to!!!! So sick and tired of these families and their “my baby dinna do nuffin!”

negolien
negolien

Fk him fk his family sorry not sorry.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Lets see he was committing a felony and had stolen fake pistol in his hand? So I guess the officer was suppose stop and say hey is that a real pistol? Give me a break!! 14 yo can kill you just like a 40 yo can. His parents should have had him home and not letting him out committing burglaries and pull fake pistols on a LE Officers. These parents kill me how they protest when there kids are caught committing felonies and they say my baby is not a criminal. Well what is he?? He is a criminal. I’m sorry it happened but you can’t blame LE!

Oghoodratmefic
Oghoodratmefic

A. Given a lawful order , comply B. Don’t commit crime A+B = The chance to breathe and be a good citizen Don’t do A or B ....bleed out on the dirt , charge mommy dearest with child neglect and lock her up

Stanracer
Stanracer

Simple solution to this problem.....Don't do crimes, comply with police demands, and never point a gun (even a replica) at the police. SIMPLE!!!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Again more rhetoric and opinions from a person who knows nothing about police procedures. So according to this idiot the cop should have assumed it was a fake gun and tazed the kid? The department is doing the right thing and this moron is using his 5 seconds in the spotlight to spew stupidity.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Seriously? Lady you are a failure as a mother and your kids was a thief and a thug! That officer was in the right to smoke they thug and defend himself and go home to his family!

artw4545
artw4545

Arce’s mother, Sandra Gonzalez, alleged that Tempe police have attempted to depict her son as a criminal just because he was caught while committing a crime.

Kind of speaks for it's self.

Jessied28
Jessied28

I'm tired of these idiots portraying little punks as Angel's. Where was his family when he out committing a crime? Was the cop supposed to assume that he wouldn't shoot him? I feel sorry for the loss of this kid because his family wasn't there to teach him to do the right thing and they still arent doing the right thing by making excuses. Look at yourselves and ask who was teaching the right way to live and who was there for him to teach right from wrong.

Gary4206
Gary4206

What is wrong with our country. If your caught robbing a car then your a criminal. If you don’t drop the gun you stole when asked then your a dead criminal. Good shoot

Wvmtneerfan
Wvmtneerfan

He was theiving n he had a gun. Look at all the cops being killed is anyone protesting for them, no. Cops cant trust no one anymore, if you theiving n u have a gun u are up to no good n looking for trouble and he got it. He should not have run, he was guilty of what ever he was doing.

61mouse
61mouse

I am demanding that PARENTS held accountable

61mouse
61mouse

Where is the so called GRAPHIC VIDEO

Madmax11
Madmax11

The mother was upset that the police depicted him as a criminal just because he was caught committing a crime. What? Well, duh.

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

So are the police supposed to wait for an answer from "criminals" about whether or not the gun they just stole is real or fake? The definition of a criminal, is someone who has committed a crime! But her son isn't a criminal, just because he was stealing stuff from a car! Its unfortunate when stuff like this happens, but maybe that mother should have told her son that committing crimes, makes you a criminal, and when you are carrying a gun that looks real, the cops are going to use their weapon, that is real. Wake up people! Teach your damn kids some common sense! I bet if you asked my 9 year old what would happen if he was stealing shit out of cars and was brandishing a gun, real or fake, what would happen. He'd tell you that cops would not wait and ask if it's real or not. They are going to protect themselves in the case it is real.
There should be a background check before idiot's can have kids!

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

Where are the protesters when an illegal alien kills a cop doing his job? Nowhere, because this world is turning into a P.C TOILET

Deputydawg63
Deputydawg63

Point a gun (real or fake) at a cop, you're going to meet your maker. Moral of the story, don't point a gun at a cop.

Benny Glock
Benny Glock

I saw the person run away from the vehicle they were illegally in, and the cop fire two aimed shots at his back when the subject was about 50m out. That's it.

Katarina
Katarina

"Arce’s mother, Sandra Gonzalez, alleged that Tempe police have attempted to depict her son as a criminal just because he was caught while committing a crime." Laughed so loud over that bit of wisdom that I startled the dogs.

MrsS
MrsS

The kid obviously didn't know the gun was fake. How were the cops supposed to know?

MrsS
MrsS

I think the family is being used as part of a movement to disarm cops in an illegal-alien-infested region

Featherfisher 53
Featherfisher 53

Big difference in toy gun and a replica, replicas look and feel like real guns .but unable to fire real ammunition Kid carrying a replica is is parents fault for failing to be responsible for him. No tears for when a teenager turns to crime and parents overlook his activities.

Wish505
Wish505

Folks I have been in this exact situation and you can't tell the difference. Even with my 45 screwed into his ear the kid thought he would reach for it laying in the floor board under his seat. Yes it was a BB gun but in the dark looking into his vehicle with my flashlight I could not tell the difference at that time and he would have died if he picked it up.

Cdavis57
Cdavis57

Maybe parents need to step in and start parenting instead of patting their child on the back and telling them they did nothing wrong.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Step 1- Find out who sold him a toy gun or who carelessly left a toy gun out in the open allowing said toy gun to fly up into his unsuspecting hand. 🙄