NEW YORK (AP) _ Authorities in New York say officers fired 20 shots at a teenager who they thought was holding a gun.
Police say a 911 operator heard the teen yelling that he had a gun. But the object Khiel Coppin was holding turned out to be a hairbrush.
He was killed by the police gunfire.
The case evokes painful memories of previous police shootings, including last November's shooting of Sean Bell, who was killed on his wedding day.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already said that the incident will be taken ``very seriously.''
Police say the teen began screaming from a window at his mother
and officers before climbing out the window and heading toward the
officers holding a black object in his hand.
Police say the officers ordered him to stop, but opened fire
after the teen kept approaching.