Lane Lesko

Photo of Lane Lesko, a young man with fair skin and brown hair, wearing a denim shirt.Name: Lane Lesko
Died: June 21, 2016
Age at death: 19
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA

Details:
Lane had graduated from high school a semester ahead of time and wanted to go to college to study political science. In his spare time, he did volunteer work at his synagogue, at a local homeless shelter, and at a nature and science camp. At school he was a delegate for his Model UN and started a club for Jewish students.

But he had autism and bipolar disorder and had gotten into trouble with the law during manic episodes. When he was seventeen years old, he went to a car dealership and asked to test-drive a car, saying he was an FBI agent; then he drove off with the car, which he crashed. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, he told them he was an FBI agent too. Later, out on bail for that crime, Lane broke into a neighbor's house.

Instead of being jailed, Lane was sent to a wilderness program for troubled teens. But Lane managed to escape the program, stealing a canoe, then a pontoon boat, and finally a truck.

Police tracked him down and chased him. When he crashed the truck, he tried to run away, but police shot him and killed him. He was holding only a BB gun.

Lane leaves behind two mothers and a younger brother. The shooting was ruled as justified.

References:
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