Police kill man, 19, after brief chase in Texas

May 5, 2011 2:21:59 AM PDT
Police fatally shot a 19-year-old man who they say had a handgun after a brief chase that began with a "suspicious vehicle" report. San Angelo Police Chief Tim Vasquez says an officer pulled up behind a "suspicious vehicle" on a residential street in the northern part of the West Texas city and turned on his emergency lights. The suspect car sped away and a 30-second chase began that ended with the car in a backyard and the man was missing.

Vasquez says the officer found 19-year-old Martin Pena hiding in a parked vehicle and ordered him to step out, but Pena had a gun in his hand and the officer shot him.

The chief said the officer, whom he's not identifying, is been assigned to desk duty pending investigation.

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