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NY police shoot dead Brooklyn teenager
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08:33, November 14, 2007

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A Brooklyn teenager, who suspectedly possessed a gun, was shot dead by New York police officers in a hail of 20 bullets Monday night, all local media reported on their headlines on Tuesday.

Authorities said police were responding to the 18-year-old's mother's 911 call for help in a domestic dispute in Brooklyn around 7 p.m. (2400 GMT) Monday.

When officers arrived, police said Khiel Coppin began yelling at his mother and at officers. He then climbed out the first floor window and came at the officers with a black object in his hand.

Police said they ordered him to stop. When he refused, they opened fire, firing a total 20 shots.

The teen was pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital. The black object turned out to be a black hair brush.

The teen's family had no comment as they left the police precinct. But investigators say the teen had a long history of mental illness.

An investigation was underway.

Source: Xinhua

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