Orlando teen killed while stealing phone, police say

Credit: Sean Gallup

Credit: Sean Gallup

Police in Orlando, Florida, said the city's first homicide victim of 2019, a 16-year-old boy, was shot and killed while trying to steal a cellphone.

So far, no one is facing any charges.

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Police said two days after Wednesday’s shooting that it started as an “e-commerce” sale.

Denim Williams met a man and a pregnant woman who were trying to sell a cellphone, police said. According to investigators, the husband shot his firearm at Williams during the transaction while Williams and possibly one other person were attempting to steal the phone.

Police released 911 calls from the moments after the shooting, including one from the man claiming he was robbed.

"As soon as I unlocked the phone, the other guy acted like he was reaching for something. That's when my wife did what she had to do," the man told a 911 dispatcher.

"Did the person who robbed you have weapons?" the dispatcher asked.

"We think so because he came out with his shirt up like something was under his shirt," the man said. He added later: "We discharged our firearm on them when I thought he was pulling a firearm on me."

Police said the couple left the scene for fear of retaliation. Williams' lifeless body was found inside a burgundy car along Jefferson Street moments later.

The husband and wife, whom police have not yet identified, are cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Police have not said if Williams was armed or if they believe the shooting was justified.

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