VIDEO: Boy, 16, fired gun, then killed by cops: "He was bipolar, depressed." So why did he have access to a weapon?


bike boy with gun killed by cops

As our pal Anomaly asked me, why is a 16 year-old able to access a weapon? To which I add, why was a 16-year-old suffering from a bipolar disorder allowed to access a weapon?

Relatives say a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police after he fired at pedestrians and then at pursuing officers suffered from a bipolar disorder.

"He was bipolar, depressed," said Jutuan Brown, the mother of Tywon Jones. "He took medication for it. He was sad sometimes, too sad, sometimes too happy."

Police say Jones was shot by Ogden District tactical officers around 4:10 p.m. Sunday as he rode a bicycle and fired a handgun [...]

"This kid was shooting into a crowd and the officers were actually following him," [Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy] said. "He was on a bike … and when the kid became aware that the officers were following him, he turned the firearm on the car and fired at my officers a couple of times. They returned fire and unfortunately the kid expired."

And then he suggested the boy had a criminal history, even though he was not at liberty to discuss such a history because the dead child was, well, a juvenile.

And that juvenile, the one who "was sad sometimes, too sad, sometimes too happy," somehow got his hands on a gun. How did that happen?