NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — Video released late Saturday shows an officer in upstate New York shooting a 13-year-old boy who had been tackled to the ground, after he ran from police and pointed a replica handgun at them.

The teen was killed a little after 10 p.m. Friday in Utica, after officers stopped two youths in connection with investigation of an armed robbery that had occurred a day earlier, police said.

The youths matched descriptions of the robbery suspects, police said. One was walking in the road, a violation of state traffic law.

Body camera video released by police shows an officer saying he needs to do a pat-down to ensure they don't have weapons. One of the two, identified by police as as Nyah Mway, runs.

Authorities froze frames of the video. A running Nyah Mway appears to point the gun at the pursuing officers. 

The officers believed it was a handgun, but later it was determined to be a replica of a Glock 17 Gen 5 handgun.

During a “ground struggle” with the teen, one officer fired a shot that struck the boy in the chest, Utica Police Chief Mark Williams said. The teen was given first aid by the officers, then taken to Wynn Hospital, where he died, the chief said.

The officer who fired his gun was identified as Patrick Husnay, a six-year veteran of the agency. Husnay and Officers Bryce Patterson and Andrew Citriniti were placed on administrative leave, with pay.

The department is conducting an internal investigation to determine if officers followed policies and training. The state attorney general will open a case to determine if the shooting was justified.

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