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Bakersfield police fatally shoot 15-year-old

July 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bakersfield police say officers fatally shot a 15-year-old suspected of driving a stolen vehicle.The pursuit began around 9:20 a.m. Saturday as police chased the 2001 Acura Friday. Police say the driver stopped but then backed into a patrol car after being approached by officers.

The officers fired multiple times, striking the teen.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Traveon John Avila.

Police said 17-year-old passenger inside the car was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, auto theft and participation in a criminal street gang. Police say a third person in the vehicle managed to escape.

The shooting is under investigation, and the officers have been placed on routine administrative leave.

AP contributed to this report.


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