Louisville teen accused of attempted murder of police officer

Louisville teen accused of attempted murder of police officer
Published: Oct. 2, 2015 at 10:10 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 17, 2015 at 5:12 AM EST
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JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Two teenagers are accused of attempted murder after trying to rob a family.

Police said teens pretended to sell an iPhone on Instagram with the plan to rob the people who responded. When the family met the teens police said they reached into their car and tried to take their money, then fired five shots into the family's car using a stolen gun.

"These we're not warning shots. These we're shots fired directly at the automobile, where these people we're in the car," said Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders.

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When Jeffersontown police caught up with one of the teens, that teen tried to pull a gun on the officer. The officer attempted to use a stun gun on the suspect, but only one probe hit the suspect. Jeffersontown officers were able to jump in, stop the suspect from shooting the officer and take the teen into custody without anyone getting hurt.

"Police are often criticized for the action that they take. in this case the officer had great restraint," said Chief Sanders, "we have young men running around with guns attempting to shoot people and attempting to shoot the police it's a different world. We have a tremendous appetite for heroin and drugs so people are robbing people for $50 to get their next high."

The second teen was arrested Friday morning. Jeffersontown police are hoping both suspects with be tried as adults.

"these are serious charges could have resulted in death to the family and they need to be tried as adults," said the Chief.

Police said one officer was injured while chasing one of the suspects. The family was not injured.

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