FDLE: Teen injured in police-involved shooting was not shot in the back

Teen boy shot by police officer identified by family attorney

MIAMI – New information has been released in the case of a 15-year-old who was shot by a Miami police sergeant earlier this month.

According to authorities, the boy was not shot in the back despite initial reports saying he was.

An agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there is no indication Vito Venisee was shot in the back during the incident that took place on Jan. 16.

Agents have reviewed hours of video and conducted multiple interviews, FDLE said.

Miami-Dade police said that Venisee was driving a Dodge Challenger that officers were attempting to pull over in the area of Northwest 56th Street and 22nd Avenue.

Detectives said the teen crashed the car and attempted to flee, along with other people who were inside the Challenger at the time of the crash.

All the car’s occupants got away, except for Venisee.

Officers said the sergeant was forced to open fire on the teen after a scuffle ensued, and that Venisee was armed.

At last check, Venisee remained hospitalized in critical condition.

He has not been charged with any crimes.

About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.