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updated: 5/8/2014 10:01 AM

Indiana officer nearly shoots boy with pellet gun

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Police in South Bend say an officer nearly shot a 12-year-old boy who was pointing a pellet gun.

City police Capt. Phil Trent says the boy dropped the pellet gun only after an officer who had drawn her gun shouted at him repeatedly.

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Trent tells the South Bend Tribune that the officer encountered the boy Tuesday night after responding to reports of youths running along a street, with one waving a gun.

Trent says the officer ordered the boy to put his hands up after seeing what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. But Trent says the boy pulled out the gun, pointed it at the officer while saying it wasn't a real gun.

The boy was taken to the county juvenile detention center.

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