Miami-Dade Police Identify Teen Shot By Officer

Teen reached for metal bat in his waistband during confrontation with officer: Police

Miami-Dade Police on Tuesday identified the teen who was shot by an officer while they say he was carrying a metal bat in Kendall.

Sebastian Gregory, 16, was shot by the officer around 3:30 a.m. Monday in the area of Sunset Drive near Southwest 160th Avenue, police said.

Police say an officer who was conducting a routine check in his patrol car spotted Gregory walking in the area with what appeared to be a shiny metal object in his waistband.

When the officer confronted Gregory, he reached for the object and the officer opened fire, police said. The object was later identified as a baseball bat.

Gregory was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he was listed in stable but critical condition.

Gregory's father told NBC 6 his son was hit with four bullets. His brother, Juan Gregory, said his brother isn't a hoodlum.

"The bat probably was for defense. He keeps a weapon for defense,” Juan Gregory said, adding that he doesn't know why his brother was out that late.

The shooting is still being investigated. Anyone with info is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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