A 17-year-old teenager met his death last Saturday when a Purcellville police officer in Loudoun County, Va. shot him.
Christian Alberto Sierra was in a perilous state when he began cutting himself according to a friend. The friend called 911 and when police arrived, Sierra took off after a cop. The policeman then shot him.
The Washington Post reported what the mother stated after the shooting –
Sandra Sierra, Christian’s mother, wondered why police used such force on a teen they knew was in emotional distress, not committing a crime.
“Why would you shoot a child that is suicidal?” she asked. “You are there to save him, not finish him off.”
Other relatives agreed with the mother. From Washington, D.C. news station WUSA9 –
The family believes it was improperly handled.
"When somebody gets a call for help, a suicide, suicide attempt, you don't go help them finish the job," said John Paul Posado who is an uncle of the slain teen.
Christian's father is fuming thinking about the officer's decision to shoot. "He's an officer. He's a big guy. You have a kid coming after me with a little knife and you could've even run to the side. You couldn't do something different? But not to straight kill him," said Eduardo Sierra, Christian's father.
Sierra was a junior at Loudoun Valley High School. More on this tragic story from the Washington Post can be read below.
D.C. Police Chief Lanier closes down another club
Early last Saturday morning another nightclub was shut down – The Scene – in which five people were shot. The injuries were not life-threatening.
Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier shut down the place due to the violence. This is not the first time the club has been shuttered.
The Washington Times reported the following about Saturday’s fiasco –
A series of altercations erupted into a shooting in which five people were injured, according to police and the city’s alcohol board.
While police continue to investigate Saturday’s shooting, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has temporarily shuttered The Scene — making it the sixth time in four years the club has been closed after a violent incident.
Despite prior reports that Saturday’s shooting was related to the Stadium Club, a nearby strip club, the police chief said the incident involved club goers who had attended a go-go concert at The Scene and that “several altercations” had broken out at the club prior to the shooting.
The shooting was reported around 2:45 a.m. Saturday in the block where the club is located, the 2200 block of Adams Place Northeast, Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon said.
Within the last three years Chief Lanier has temporarily closed other clubs in the District; including Bohemian Caverns, Fur in NoMa and Indulj.
Read more on the latest club closing below.