A 15-year-old shot by a Kent police officer during a traffic stop last week has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
The shooting happened on Aug. 6 at 12:29 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue North and East Pioneer Street. The officer stopped the car because it had a broken taillight and expired tabs.
While trying to make contact with the driver, the officer noticed the teen was in possession of a handgun, according to court documents.
The officer radioed dispatch advising a gun was seen and then engaged the suspect, firing 2-3 rounds striking the suspect, court documents read.
The suspect was shot twice, once in the arm and the thigh, and taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Officers obtained a search warrant the following day for the teen's vehicle.
Officers discovered a 9mm pistol with a magazine inserted that contained nine 9mm rounds on the driver's side floorboard. Officers also located a digital scale, plastic wrap, and numerous baggies of methamphetamine, according to court documents.
The 15-year-old resident of Kent has three felony convictions. One for theft of a firearm and two for robbery, court documents read.
The teenager is now charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
The 15-year-old is being charged as a juvenile. KING 5 does not identify juvenile suspects.
The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave pending a third-party investigation.
Correction: This story originally indicated the teenager was charged with possession of methamphetamine, but he is not currently facing that charge.