INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 13, 2015) -- The victim of a carjacking that sparked a deadly police shooting is speaking out for the first time.
Earlier this week Indianapolis police shot and killed the 15-year-old suspect Andre Green.
Sitting in front of his apartment complex Marcus Green, who is not related to the suspect, suddenly found a gun right in his face.
“He was saying, 'Push your car.' When I got out he was like, ‘Back up before I shoot you.’ I was like, this is a baby. He don’t even have facial hair,” said Marcus Green.
Marcus says Andre Green then demanded his wallet, got in the driver's seat of his car and sped away.
A short time later, down a dark dead end street, police say the teen slammed the stolen car into a squad car. Officers fearing for their lives opened fire.
“We don’t know if Andre was trying to run over them cops or if he was trying to stop, but the cops had to use a judgment call,” said Marcus Green.
Days later candles still burn at the site of the shooting.
Marcus wishes the teen hadn’t been killed but doesn’t blame police for what happened.
“We as African-American males need to stop putting ourselves in those predicaments. If cops tell us to stop, stop,” he said.
The slogan “Black Lives Matter” punctuates the memorial where the shooting happened. For his part, Marcus says the story should not be about racism, but how to teach kids to avoid a life of crime.
“What you should do as a community is take back your kids and teach your children right from wrong,” he said.
For Marcus, pictures of Andre Green posing with firearms illustrate why the troubled teen's dangerous lifestyle--not the choices made by police--led to his death.
“You have to put the responsibility on Andre Green. It was his choice,” he said. “This young man was out of order. His behavior was out of order.”
The officers involved in the shooting remain on paid leave while the case is being investigated.
The department expects to turn its findings over the Marion County Prosecutor's Office for review in the coming days.