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Memorial held for Antonio Arce, the 14-year-old shot and killed by a Tempe police officer

Posted: 4:33 PM, Jan 15, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-16 00:33:45-05
Antonio Arce

TEMPE, AZ — A memorial was held Wednesday night for Antonio Arce, the 14-year-old shot and killed by a Tempe police officer last year.

January 15 marks one year since his death. Body camera video from that day shows the moment Officer Joseph Jaen came across him. Arce was accused of breaking into a truck. The teen ran away while holding what police say appeared to be a gun.

"Probably in his mid-40's," is how Officer Jaen described Arce over his radio. Video shows Office Jaen also appeared to not know the gun Arce was holding was fake.

Since that day, Arce's family is now suing the city of Tempe and Officer Jaen, claiming negligence. The family claims officials never handed over police records, even sending them a confidentiality agreement to sign which came with a million-dollar penalty if they talked.

Jaen resigned last May and will be able to receive a pension.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has yet to make a decision on whether he'll face any charges.