The father of a teenager who was mistakenly shot by a DeKalb County police officer wants the officer who pulled the trigger to be punished.
Michael Redden told CBS Atlanta News that his son will undergo another surgery Thursday to repair the damage to his forearm from the bullet.
Marquez Redden, 16, skipped school Tuesday, acknowledged his father. Apparently, the boy didn't realize there had been a burglary in the area, and that police were looking for the suspects.
When Marquez saw the officers, he ran, which made officers think he was one of their suspects, according to DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander. A K-9 unit tracked the boy's scent to a shed. When the officer came in contact with the teenager, the officer was surprised.
"It startled the officer," said Alexander. "He mentioned, 'I was startled by it,' and there was an unintentional discharge."
"He has a Taser," the boy's father said of the officer. "He had a dog in his hand, so there are other forces that you could use instead of accidentally discharging your gun, if that's what you say happened."
The officer is on paid administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting.
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