Police: Teen shot by officer had taken out replica gun

Wilmington Police investigate the scene where an officer shot a 17-year-old Thursday night. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Wilmington Police investigate the scene where an officer shot a 17-year-old Thursday night. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Police in Delaware say a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the knee after a foot chase pointed a replica gun at an officer before being shot.

Wilmington Police say in a news release that officers were called Thursday evening for a report of a man with a gun. Police say officers tried to stop a suspect, but he fled.

When officers confronted the teen, police say an officer shot him. Police say the 17-year-old was taken to Christiana Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to his knee.

Police say officers recovered a replica handgun from the teen, but did not say what prompted the shooting.

Police did not give the races of the teen or the officer.

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