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16-Year Old Identified in Shooting Death With Delaware Trooper

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police have identified the 16-year-old boy they say was shot and killed over the weekend in an exchange of gunfire with a Delaware state trooper.

Delaware State Police on Monday identified the teen as Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna. Police said Monday that a trooper stopped a vehicle in Dover shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation.

Police say Pitcher, a front seat passenger, pulled out a gun as the trooper approached the vehicle.

Pitcher was killed when police say he and the trooper exchanged gunfire.

Police said Monday that a gun was located at the scene.

The trooper, identified Monday as a 35-year-old man with two years' experience with Delaware State Police, was not injured.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.