Teen boy shot by police after argument with little sister

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A Valley teen is in the hospital, shot twice by police, after an argument with his younger sister got out of control and he got a gun. By Catherine Holland A Valley teen is in the hospital, shot twice by police, after an argument with his younger sister got out of control and he got a gun. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Valley teen is in the hospital, shot twice by police, after an argument with his younger sister got out of control and he got a gun.

Police were called out to a home in the area 39th Avenue and Osborn Road at about 1 a.m. The 17-year-old's injuries are not life-threatening.

Police said the teen did not fire at them, but was threatening and refusing to cooperate.

It all started with an argument between the 17-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister. At some point, the teen went to the gun safe and got a pistol. He was so angry, he began shooting at the ceiling and around the house.

The boy reportedly did not threaten any of the five family members in the home -- a 19-year-old sister, the 12-year-old sister with whom has had been arguing, a 2-year-old and the two parents.

The person who called 911 reported the fight and said that somebody in the house had a gun.

"While this conversation is going on and officers are being dispatched, the 911 operator actually hears a shot fired inside the home," said Detective James Holmes of the Phoenix Fire Department.

A few minutes later, the teen -- still armed -- went outside and confronted officers, pointing the gun at them.

Police said the teen refused to drop the weapon and made "certain statements" to the officers while continuing to point the gun at them.

"At that point, two of the officers fired," Holmes said.

The teen reportedly was hit twice. He is in the hospital and expected to recover.

The two officers are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her weapon.