Teen shot by Cape Coral police

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A 15-year-old was injured early Monday morning after an officer-involved shooting, Cape Coral police said.

The teen is being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. WINK News has decided not to identify the teenager.

Officers responded to the 500 block of NW 8th Terrace for a vehicle burglary at about 1:15 a.m.

“I saw the guy in our truck, we had our pick up truck here, and he was completely inside, rummaging through everything,” said Shannon Martin whose car was broken into.

The suspect, who had a handgun, fled on foot after being spotted by officers, police said.

“Within a few minutes they had the K-9 running around, there were cop cars all over the place, they were chasing him down, he jumped into the canal, swam all the way over there,” Martin added.

After fleeing into the canal, officers spent two hours attempting to talk the suspect out of the water, police said.

“At some point during the confrontation with the suspect in the water, back and forth with him, he presented a firearm at one of the officers, and officers fired back striking the suspect,” said Sgt. Dana Coston with CCPD.

Investigators, who located a stolen vehicle in a lot near the suspect’s residence, believe the suspect may have driven the vehicle to the area to commit burglaries, police said. The stolen vehicle may also be linked to an overnight north Cape Coral gun store burglary.

The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

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