In Northern California, sheriff’s deputies ended up killing a 13-year-old boy after continuously telling him to put down his weapon. It turned out this firearm was really a replica of an assault rifle, which was a toy AK-47, reports both sheriff’s officials and family members of the deceased child.
Two Sonoma County deputies were on patrol and noticed the boy walking with what seemed to be a high-powered gun on Tuesday in the city of Santa Rosa, CA. The two deputies would only discover that the gun was not an actual firearm after they had shot and killed the child.
A man by the name of Rodrigo Lopez acknowledged the boy as his son, Andy, and stated the young teen was just carrying around the toy gun which had belonged to a friend of his.
After seeing the teen on the streets, the deputies asked for backup and continually told him to drop the gun, Sheriff Lt. Dennis O’Leary said in a press release. It was not known if the boy aimed the replica assault gun at the deputies or if he attempted any type of threatening movements.
O’Leary explained that the two deputies fired several rounds from their handguns instantly after delivering the orders to drop the gun. Then the boy dropped to the ground and fell on top of his fake rifle, stated O’Leary. Deputies told him to move away before nearing him and attempting to place on handcuffs.
Next they began giving him first aid and also called for medical assistance. The paramedics would later pronounce the boy dead at the shooting scene. The deputies also discovered a plastic toy handgun that was in the boy’s waistband, O’Leary said.
The two deputies, neither of which have been identified, are now on administrative leave. This is considered standard procedure after most any type of shooting, O’Leary added.
The community of Santa Rosa is in an uproar. Numerous members have left candles, teddy bears and flowers at the side of the field where the young teen boy was shot and killed. Many are questioning the two deputies’ decision to open fire on the youth.
I am sure they could have seen he was a 13-year-old boy, Abrey Martin explained also adding that he was positive the child was not some kind of maniac.
Rodrigo Lopez talked about how he had last saw his son on the day of his death; and said that he told him what he told him every day, to make sure to behave himself.
The family returned to their mobile home on Tuesday evening after they identified the young boy’s body.
Andy was in the eighth-grade at Lawrence Cook Middle School, where Linsey Gannon, the assistant principal, stated that he played trumpet in the school band.
He was a very loved student and also very popular, He was a handsome young man, who was very capable and also very smart, she said on Wednesday. The school, the entire community has been shocked by his loss.
The whole town believes that the sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed the 13-year-old are the ones who are going to have to deal with this for a long time to come.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble