On October 22, a 13-year old boy was shot and killed by Santa Rosa, California Sheriff’s deputies after they saw him walking down the street with what they thought to be an “assault rifle.”
According to the Associated Press, the deputies ordered the boy to drop the weapon and eventually “fired several rounds.” The boy fell to the ground and was handcuffed, after which the deputies “began administering first aid.”
The 13-year old was pronounced dead at the scene. It turns out his “assault weapon” was only a replica. He also had a “plastic handgun in his waistband.”
The names of the deputies have not been released.
UPDATE: Santa Rosa’s The Press Democrat is reporting that the name of the boy whom deputies shot was Andy Lopez. Speaking to reporters in Spanish, Lopez’s father said he told his son to “behave [himself]” the last time he saw him alive, which was on the morning of the 22nd. CBS News reports that this is the third time in less than 24 hours that a Bay Area law enforcement agent has shot a suspect.
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