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Teenager Shot By Police, Details Still Scarce

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Crime scene markings visible on Brandie Glen Rd in Charlotte.

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Residents in a north Charlotte neighborhood are confused about what happened Saturday night. A man is accused of stabbing a woman, but a police officer ended up shooting the woman's 15-year-old son. The sound of gunshots is so rare on Brandie Glen Road that Melvin Forney thought someone was setting of firecrackers Saturday night around 9:30. "I didn't think nothing about it until I heard some cops hollering at somebody to stop, quit running," says Forney. "That's when I came outside, cause everybody was out trying to find out answers, you know." Those answers are still slow in coming. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released a statement Sunday saying officers responded to a 911 call and found a woman who had been stabbed. A distraught young man approached the officers in the road. One of the officers saw something shiny in the teenager's hand and ordered him to drop the object. When the teenager kept coming, he was shot multiple times by the officer. Only later did police discover they'd shot the 15-year-old son of the woman who'd been stabbed. CMPD has not said what the shiny object in the boy's hand was. Neighbors say they doubt it was a gun. Melvin Forney thinks police could have handled the situation better. "I think they do a good job - they patrol the neighborhood," says Forney. "But then, they gotta be more cautious you know if they see a young kid." Police say the boy and his mother were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Nearly 48 hours later, CMPD has yet to shed any additional light on the incident, including the names of the mother, son and the officer who fired his gun. A CMPD spokeswoman says the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. Police have charged 39-year-old Bruce Jenkins with assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing that prompted the original 911 call. He was arrested several blocks from the crime scene Saturday night.