DOVER, Del. — A witness to a police-involved shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy in Delaware is disputing accounts given by authorities.
The News Journal reports that 18-year-old Khalif Miller said he saw no reason for police to shoot and kill Julian Pitcher last weekend. Miller was the driver in a vehicle carrying Pitcher when it was pulled over by police.
Police say Pitcher, a front seat passenger, pulled out a gun as the trooper approached the vehicle. Pitcher was killed when police say he and the trooper exchanged gunfire. Police said a gun was located at the scene.
But Miller said Pitcher did not have a gun and there was no shootout with police.
The trooper, identified as a 35-year-old man with two years’ experience with Delaware State Police, was not injured.