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Officer Placed On Administrative Leave After Shooting

Posted May 21, 2005 12:07 p.m. EDT

— A 14-year-old girl was shot by a police officer while he was chasing a suspect late Thursday night.

Wake Forest police Officer Kenny Mangum chased Jermane Richardson to his house on Allen Street in Wake Forest. When Jermaine's sister, Brianna, opened the front door of the house, Mangum fired a shot, hitting Brianna in both arms.

"My arm just started stinging and that's when I looked at it and it was bleeding," she said.

Brianna ran into her mother's room after the shooting.

Brianna Richardson was treated and released at WakeMed. Authorities said the shooting was an accident.

Mangum, a 10-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative leave. The Wake Forest police chief said that Mangum was sorry about the shooting and that he had not been involved in any similar experiences during his tenure with the police department.

Jermane Richardson was charged with felonious larceny, credit card theft and resisting arrest. An earlier charge of possession of a stolen car was dropped. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into Mangum's role in the shooting.

Richardson's family is considering possible legal action in wake of the shooting.

The shooting happened diagonally across the street from the Dubois Center, where some Wakefield Elementary parents are opposed to sending their children to a temporary modular school site. One of the reasons parents are fighting the reassignment is they claim the area is not safe.