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Mother of teenager killed by police hit by stray bullet at his funeral: report

Mother of teenager killed by police hit by stray bullet at his funeral: report
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The mother of a Black teenager who was gunned down by police in Florida earlier this month was reportedly hit by a bullet during her son’s burial this past week. 

A spokesperson for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Tod Goodyear, told NBC News on Monday that the mother, Quasheda Pierce, 39, was shot in her leg during the service on Saturday.

The spokesperson said the agency’s investigation into the shooting, which he noted includes witness testimony and physical evidence, determined the shot “allegedly originated” from a 16-year-old who had “apparently experienced an accidental discharge from a firearm concealed on his person during the funeral service.” 

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Goodyear said the teenager, whose name has not been released, had also been injured Saturday, saying “the round penetrated and exited his leg prior to impacting Quasheda Pierce’s leg.”

He added that neither of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

According to Florida Today, people heard a gunshot break out as attendees placed flowers on the casket of Pierce’s 18-year-old son, Sincere Pierce.

Moments later, attendees were seen fleeing the cemetery. Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived shortly after.

The Hill has reached out to the sheriff's office for comment.

The shooting comes after the police killing of Sincere Pierce and 16-year-old Angelo Crooms, which sparked local protests earlier this month.

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At the time, the local sheriff's office said two of its deputies, Jafet Santiago-Miranda and Carson Hendren, had been "attempting to conduct a follow-up investigation on what they believed was a possible stolen car." The office said the car had also fled from another deputy in the area.

The office, which has also released dashcam footage from the shooting, said the deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, which they said was being driven by the teens.

"Deputy Santiago–Miranda gives repeated verbal commands, 7 to be exact, for the driver of the vehicle to stop the car, however, the driver of the vehicle, 16 year old Angelo Crooms turns and accelerates the vehicle towards Deputy Santiago-Miranda," the office said.

The office claimed Santiago-Miranda was "forced to fire his service weapon" in self-defense.

An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.