The Tempe Police Department released body camera footage of the incident.
Authorities declined to provide the officer's first name, citing safety concerns for the public servant; however, the Police Department did release his photograph [b/c cop was not white]. The cop was responding to a call from a citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle and approached a gray Chevy pickup apparently involved in a burglary parked in an alley, Chief of Tempe Police Sylvia Moir said in a press conference.
The video shows the officer taking cover behind a trash can while the teen exits the truck. The officer is heard calling for the teen to put his hands up as he runs away from Jaen
"He's got a hand gun," the cop is heard saying on the footage. Cop Jaen calls for backup. Police say the teen “fell” at the end of the alley. The video shows Jaen stopping there, with his gun still drawn, pointing down at something on the ground. Police said the video was edited for public release so as to blur out the boy's body.
The gun was a replica 1911 airsoft gun that police claim the teen had just stolen from the truck.
The teen runs almost to the end of the alley, and the officer fires two shots. The teen ran from the police.
One of the shots struck him in the shoulder blade and the other hit a wall at the end of the alley, Moir said. Authorities did not give a cause of death.
Initially, on Wednesday Tempe Police said the officer chased the boy and gave verbal commands. During this time, police say the officer "perceived a threat" and fired his gun, striking the boy. [MORE] Police said the officer was chasing the teen Tuesday afternoon and at one point, the teen turned around, the officer felt threatened and fired his gun. [MORE]
An attorney for the family of the boy told CNN affiliate KPHO his relatives are in shock.
"We're in the process of trying to figure out what happened. The video is but one piece," Danny Ortega said.
The family went to the police station and requested to see the footage. Ortega said the distance between the officer and the boy when he was shot seemed to be significant.
"It was a long distance. How this young man could have presented a threat at that far a distance is a question that needs to be asked."
Officer Jaen has been a on the Tempe Police force for 14 years and was in the National Guard from 2007-2013, serving in Iraq in 2011, Moir said.
He has been placed on administrative leave pending criminal and administrative investigations.