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Cops: Deputy who killed boy with fake gun feared for his life

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy when the youth turned the barrel in his direction, police said Wednesday.

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The replica gun that Sonoma County officials say was carried by the boy who was shot and killed by deputies Tuesday. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)

A single deputy fired at Andy Lopez, killing him on the sidewalk at the edge of an empty lot in Santa Rosa, Lt. Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department said during a news conference, according to the Press-Democrat.

“The deputy’s mind-set was that he was fearful that he was going to be shot,” Henry said.

Lopez, a Santa Rosa eighth-grader, was walking through a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood carrying a pellet gun that resembled an AK-47 assault rifle when he was spotted about 3 p.m. Tuesday by two deputies on routine patrol, Henry said.

The teen had his back to the two deputies, said Henry, whose department is investigating the shooting.

They stopped, took cover behind the doors of their patrol car and ordered him to drop the weapon, Henry said.

Lopez was 20 to 30 feet away, he said, adding the deputies did not realize he was a boy.

The deputy, a law enforcement veteran, believed the AK-47-styled pellet gun “was an authentic weapon,” Henry said.

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6 Comments to “Cops: Deputy who killed boy with fake gun feared for his life”

    Guest said:
    October 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    The boy was deathly afraid for his life…little good being afraid for your life did him, uhh?

      Fred said:
      October 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      I guess he shouldn't have been carrying the gun, huh?

    Fred said:
    October 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The cop did what he was trained to do.

    RIP little man, hopefully others will learn from this.

    Mike Angelo said:
    October 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Good thing he wasn't a black kid….

      @homegrown_ master (insta) said:
      October 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Hella.

    James said:
    October 27, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    The little boy was shot seven times… two of the shots would have been fatal according to reports.
    God help the USA and your little children when these tragedies continue to occur.
    My family and friends here in Australia are all horrified by what happened and offer our heartfelt sorrow and condolences for the family of the little boy.

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