Natchitoches police: Teen fatally shot was carrying 'AK-47 style' firearm

Natchitoches police: Teen fatally shot was carrying 'AK-47 style' firearm
The Super Stop on Texas Street in Natchitoches where a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed Sunday. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
The Super Stop on Texas Street in Natchitoches where a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed Sunday. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)

NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) - Natchitoches police say the teen fatally shot over the weekend was carrying an "AK-47 style firearm" at the time, and no charges will be filed against the shooter.

According to police, 21-year-old Melvin Pye, Jr. stayed on the scene outside the Super Stop the 1200 block of Texas St. after the shooting Sunday afternoon and called police.

Pye told police the teen approached him with the firearm, which was recovered at the scene and is described by police as a "7.62x39 mm caliber AK-47 style firearm."

NPD released a photo of the recovered firearm Monday afternoon along with a brief statement saying that no charges would be filed. At the same time, the statement asserted that "no further press releases or information disseminated until the District Attorney's Office has the opportunity to review the case."

Police declined to confirm whether the owner of the recovered firearm is known, or whether it is believed to have been stolen. No details have been released regarding Pye's account of the shooting itself, including whether self defense was claimed or whether any shots were fired by the teen. Police have also not revealed what weapon was used to shoot the teen, or whether it was legally owned.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was shot several times. He was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he later died.

The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case.

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