GUN Teen killed by undercover officer posing as pizza deliveryman

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Man shot, killed by undercover officer posing as pizza deliveryman
    Hermitage store employee called police for help after pizza delivery order raised suspicions
    http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080725/NEWS03/80725001/1017

    Metro police reported overnight that an undercover officer posing as a pizza deliveryman as part of a police plan in Hermitage shot and killed a man, 18, who carried a pistol and rushed the officer.

    After the shooting, a close examination of the teen's pistol revealed it was an air pistol that closely resembled a real semiautomatic handgun, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. It was unknown overnight what kind of ammunition, if any, the teen's pistol held.

    Aaron said that the officer who fired the shots is undercover Officer Josh Walters, an 11-year police department veteran who is with the Hermitage Precinct. Walters was placed on routine administrative assignment while an investigation is conducted, Aaron said.

    Tyrell Chandler Wortham, the 18-year-old who was shot, was transported to nearby Summit Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Wortham, of 729 Netherlands Drive, had no adult arrest history, police said.

    Hermitage Precinct detectives believe Wortham had been involved in other similar recent robberies, which are under investigation.
    The night's events

    According to police spokesman Aaron, here is what happened:

    At approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday, a Pizza Hut in Hermitage received a delivery order for a location at an apartment at 143 Noel Cove Circle in Hermitage. The order taker, who had been robbed recently, was suspicious because of his knowledge that this location was condominiums, not apartments. He quoted a price much higher than standard to see the reaction, and there was no reaction and the person still wanted the order. The Pizza Hut employee was so suspicious that he contacted the Police Department.

    Hermitage detectives and officers decided to implement a plan in which a police officer would pose as a Pizza Hut deliveryman and make the delivery to 143 Noel Cove Circle.

    Walters was selected to be the delivery person, and he put on a Pizza Hut delivery shirt and mounted a magnetic Pizza Hut sign on the roof of his pickup truck. Another undercover officer hid in the back seat of the pickup as backup, Aaron said.

    Walters drove to make the delivery, and other officers were stationed nearby as backup. This occurred shortly before midnight.

    "When Officer Walters pulled up in front of 143 Noel Cove Circle, a gunman quickly approached him out of the darkness," Aaron said. "His (the gunman's) pistol was clearly visible."

    Walters did not have time to get out of the truck and shout commands, Aaron said. Walters fired on the gunman from the pickup truck, Aaron said.

    The man was hit and moved a short distance before collapsing. An ambulance was called and he was transported to Summit. The time of the shooting was 11:55 p.m.
    Accomplice sought

    An individual believed to be an accomplice was seen running from the area after the shooting, Aaron said. The canine unit and a police helicopter were called in to track this person. The search lasted more than an hour, exhausting the police dog and revealing no signs of the man.

    It is assumed he got away, and the search ended for the night, Aaron said.
    Policy addressed

    Aaron said that police policy allows officers to use deadly force in order to protect themselves or others from "imminent bodily injury or death."

    Walters had a "split second" to determine that he and the officer with him were at "extreme risk" of "severe injury or death" as the individual approached the truck, Aaron said.

    Walters fired three times, using his service pistol, Aaron said. It was not immediately known how many times the person was hit, according to Aaron.
    Robbery investigated

    Earlier Thursday night, a Papa John's pizza delivery person was robbed in the vicinity of Monaco Driver in Hermitage, Aaron said. Hermitage detectives are investigating to see if there is any connection between that situation and the person who was shot overnight. Monaco Drive is off of Lebanon Pike between Old Hickory Boulevard and Shute Lane.
    Employee protected, police say

    Had the police department not acted, Aaron said, police believe the Pizza Hut delivery person would have been the victim of a robbery and potentially other harm.

    Noel Cove Circle, the scene of the shooting, is located behind the rear of the Hermitage Precinct, which is just off of Central Pike.

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    I'm sure by tommorow there will be an interview with his mother and she'll say what a good boy he was and he'd never hurt nobody.
     
  2. Luciano

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    Damn, that sucks. Bad decisions, but it sounds like a clean shoot. Hope they find the accomplice and he squeals about what was going on in detail.
     
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    so if you're a part time cop and you deliver pizza for pizza hut, can you still get fired?


    lol at irony of pizza hut allowing one of their transactions end in death
     
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    Apparently this delivery driver was professional enough for the glock foty.
     
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    No part time in police work, lol. I actually had to sign a form saying I will not have any other employement while employed by the police. The guy who got killed deserved it IMHO. I wonder what origin that first name is :mamoru:
     
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    Cool story Hansel. Would read it again.
     
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    It all makes sense now.
     
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    Worthless fuck had it coming
     
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    who is low enough to rob a fucking pizza delivery man when you have enough money to afford a phone line and address to order it to
     
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    Why are they always robbing pizza guys?
     
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    ugh the writing made that hard to read.

    He probably used a payphone to order the pizza to that address.

    I like how they said he had no ADULT charges on his record, because he probably just turned 18.
     
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    ib Pizza Hut fires the employee who called the cops in the first place.
     
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    Good shooting.
     
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    And a lot of states seal your childhood records...
     
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    Not to the police department. They can access everything.
     
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    ey... not really. In Texas they have to petition a judge to open people's juvenile records. But in any case they are sealed to media, who reported this story :wavey:
     
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    Yeah. I know occasionally they get a person with a sealed juvenile record applying to become a cop, and the person signs forms to release anything to the police dept for a background investigation. They are still dumb enough to think the department won't see thier extensive juvie record.
     
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    pizza ordered at 10:30 and didnt get there till almost midnight? it was no robbery.. kid was pissed that his pizza took so damn long to get there
     
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    I had juvenile felonies and I was cleared. As long as you openly disclose them you're cool.
     
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    Some people arent that smart, they think if the record is sealed, they dont have to. Its a rude awakening for them :mamoru:
     
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    one less douche bag in the world.
     
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