Mentally challenge teen shot by officer after stealing car

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A deputy involved shooting leaves a Royal Palm Beach teen in critical condition.

The sheriff's office says the whole thing started with a 9-1-1 call by the teens mother who reported her car was stolen.

According to authorities, at about 7:30 Sunday night, a mentally challenged 17-year-old boy stole his mom's minivan swerving all over the road in Royal Palm Beach.

Deputies in two different squad cars tried stopping him near the intersection of Okeechobee and Royal Palm Boulevard. That's when, investigators say, the teen slowed down and stopped for a while.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy got out, but then the teen hit the accelerator again slamming into a squad car in front of him.

The deputy, scared for his own life, shot the teen driver who took off again into the intersection hitting two more cars before coming to a stop.

"He was on the ground yelling out, 'I'm sorry. Help me'. He said it probably five or six times before they finally picked him up and got him out of here as quickly as possible," said a witness.

We're told two other passengers in one of the cars hit were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

That deputy is on paid administrative leave right now which is a standard procedure. As for the teen, he's being treated at St. Mary's Medical Center.

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