An armed Lakeland man killed a 14-year-old gang member in a shootout Wednesday evening after both drew guns and opened fire, according to the Lakeland Police Department.
Virgis Canteen, 43, had accused Davion Smith of burglarizing his apartment last month, records show.
At 7:49 p.m., Smith and two unidentified companions began taunting Canteen in the courtyard outside his Oregon Avenue apartment before the teen drew an handgun, a witness told police.
Canteen said he returned fire, striking the teen "numerous times."
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