Mother: Denver officers should have used Taser on armed 16-year-old son instead of shooting him

Police: Teen threatened officers with 2 knives

DENVER - The mother of an armed 16-year-old boy who was shot by police Monday is questioning why officers had to fire.

“I don't think they should have shot him, but they did," Janine Pinto, the mother of Cody Seastone, told 7NEWS on Tuesday. Pinto says Cody suffers from bipolar disorder.

Cody was recovering from gunshot wounds to his abdomen and leg at Denver Health Medical Center on Tuesday.

Denver police said the teen threatened officers with two knives after police were called at 6:20 p.m. Monday about a possible stabbing at 3920 Wolff St.

Pinto said she called 911 for help after her son became violent.

"He screamed in my face and tried to hit me. And then he grabbed the knives, but he didn't stab anybody,” the mother said.

Police said, even though the teenager threatened officers, the decision to shoot came after concerns he would go back inside and hurt his family.

Police stressed that they received a report that someone had been stabbed. No stabbing victim was ever found.

“Do you feel they were justified in shooting him?” asked 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart.  

"No. They could have Tasered him. He's 16. They could have Tasered him,” Pinto said.

According to police training, if an officer is confronted with a deadly weapon like a knife, they're trained to use deadly force to defend themselves and others.

Despite his mother's concerns, the use of a Taser may not have been an approved response to a deadly weapon.

"He has knives, they have guns. You know, he wasn't coming off the porch at all,” said Pinto.

As police review the shooting, the mother said she can't help but wonder if this could have all ended differently.

Pinto says she’s frustrated she could not see or talk to her son at the hospital Tuesday. She said he’s under sedation.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

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